French inventor Franky Zapata has made the first-ever successful Channel crossing on a jet-powered flyboard.
Escorted by three helicopters, Franky Zapata was seen waving to onlookers before landing safely in Saint Margaret's Bay, very close to Dover on Britain's southern coast on Sunday morning, according to French TV images. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. He hopes to make the 35-kilometre (22-mile) crossing at an average speed of 140 kilometres an hour (87 mph) and at a height of 15-20 metres (50-65 feet) above the water.
"I just want to do it this time, we changed the boat, we took a bigger boat and built a bigger platform", Zapata told a news conference on Saturday just outside the northern port of Calais.
"We made a machine three years ago ... and now we've crossed the Channel, it's insane", he said, before breaking into tears.
Franky Zapata unloads equipment in preparation for the flight. At the time, his hoverboard hit part of a boat-mounted landing platform, effectively knocking him over into the water.Читайте также: Two mass shootings rocks United States, Prime Minister Ardern sends condolences
His backpack carries some 35kg of kerosene, enough to keep him aloft for around ten minutes.
His first attempt last month was cut short when he fell into the water while trying to refuel. The inventor used a bigger boat and platform this time.
Mr Zapata's team had been racing to fix the hoverboard and its five turbines after it was damaged from falling in the Channel waters ten days ago.
He already holds the Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight, a 2.2km trip over the Mediterranean Sea in April 2016.
His device has also captured the attention of the French defence ministry, which in December gave Zapata's company, Z-AIR, a €1.3m development grant, in particular for improving the turbines.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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