Adrenaline sports are all about speed, danger and excitement. They make your heart race and your entire being quiver with exuberance. You can feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. What could possibly make them better? The answer is more speed and motor power.
The speed and power we are talking about can be gained with Thrusters, a handheld jet engine system that is able to propel users up to 50 miles per hour. The jet engine was developed by UK-based Dreamscience Propulsion. It combines with ease several motorized boards into a single one. The electric propulsion system can be used for skiing, surfing, paragliding and more.
The system was designed by Dreamscience’s founder and director Adam Contoret. Thrusters comes with an integrated battery pack and four tiny jet engines. This device is made to be strapped to the user’s chest. With the help of a central bar the user is able to control the thrust with a thumb throttle or a bite control. By moving his arms, the user is able to steer easily.
“The thruster is a very powerful motor driving a fan, about 30,000 rpm,” Contoret said, talking about his system. Dreamscience has already gone through several prototypes in order to create the perfect system. The current model uses four 8-kW motor-powered thrusters.
“Four [motors] draw about 700 amps at 55 volts on full tap,” Contoret added. “That’s a shed-load of power considering an average household draws 60 amps. The only way to get that kind of power is using the latest lithium polymer batteries, which have come on leaps and bounds in the past five years.”
At the moment, Thrusters is being developed for sports such as skiing or surfing. However, in time, it might be used for increasing jump heights or pushing riders up hills. As the device is still in the development stage, the company is seeking athletes to use it in a variety of situations and sports.
If it hits the market, Thrusters will have a retail price between US$5,000 and $10,000. Would you buy this to make adrenaline sports even more exciting?
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