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Hoverboard Channel crossing finally succeeds


Posted on Sunday, 4 August, 2019 | Comment icon 14 comments

Second time lucky. Image Credit: YouTube / Zapata
Franky Zapata's second attempt to cross the English Channel on a hoverboard has been met with success.
The French inventor had previously attempted the fly across the 34km stretch of water between England and France on July 25th, however an accident while refueling scuppered his attempt.

Not content with giving up, Zapata set off on his second attempt at around 6am this morning.

Fortunately things went a lot better this time and he managed to successfully traverse the English Channel from Sangatte, near Calais, to St Margaret's Bay in Dover in a mere 22 minutes.
"We made a machine three years ago... and now we've crossed the Channel, it's crazy," he told reporters. "Whether this is a historic event or not, I'm not the one to decide that, time will tell."

The Flyboard Air is powered by five mini turbo engines that can propel it at speeds of up to 118mph.

The caveat however is that the board has a very low fuel capacity and is notoriously difficult to get the hang of - it takes 50 to 100 hours of practice just to be able to stand up on it.

Whether today's success will see a wider adoption of the technology remains to be seen.


Source: BBC News | Comments (14)


Tags: Hoverboard, Franky Zapata


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by ScotDeerie on 27 July, 2019, 2:11
My experience with such people is far removed from your optimistic view. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the dare devils and their daring deeds, but I know it ends up in tears far more than it ends in success. Living is Niagara Falls does that to you.  Do you remember that guy who thought he could go over the falls on a Ski-doo?  It was a couple of decades ago now.  They still haven't found his body.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 27 July, 2019, 3:16
The specific design was purchased by the US military, and is not available for general public use. The FAA in America has restricted use. Curiously, one can actually build one, so the flyboard tech is not entirely unavailable. The US Navy SEALS's won't use them because they are incredibly noisy due to the mini-turbine engines. Forget about silent approach... the noise is so very loud.
Comment icon #7 Posted by freetoroam on 27 July, 2019, 6:40
As with most things, people will want one. The design is our there and the only way to prevent the deathwishers to head out over the channel, is to put a restriction on who can own one.  The US military are not going to stop people crossing the channel because - its not their channel. They are not going to stop people building them either, because - it is not their design.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by thomsop on 4 August, 2019, 10:03
Update - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49225001  
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker on 4 August, 2019, 12:57
That... is... actually.... very... impressive!
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 4 August, 2019, 13:34
Hey, Die, if you haven't already you should check-out some of the flyboard videos on YouTube.   
Comment icon #11 Posted by Alchopwn on 4 August, 2019, 15:51
Just to reiterate, Franky Zapata managed the crossing on the hoverboard today LINK.  More than a little amazing.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by cathya on 4 August, 2019, 17:19
That is really cool. I congratulate him. I think we'll see more of this type of contraption in the future as better plans for construction and power become available. But, as always seems to be the case, it will eventually be used for evil purposes.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Alchopwn on 5 August, 2019, 10:40
I agree about the evil purposes.  I fully intend to buy one for use in creating grafitti in high places and effecting a speedy exit.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Habitat on 5 August, 2019, 11:10
This seems like a very dangerous piece of equipment, as spectacular as it is.


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