The Jetsol is a jet-powered flying motorbike that would be capable of flying at over 50 kph at very low altitude with an autonomy of 20 minutes.
The Jetsol was inspired by all the new prototypes being developed using jet thrusters, like the Flyboard Air personal aerial vehicle by Zapata. We asked Franky Zapata, founder of Zapata racing, to collaborate with us on the Jetsol concept. Franky is an accomplished inventor and he’s planning to start building jet bike prototypes based on his expertise and technological know how.
How It Works
The Jetsol would be the size of a touring motorcycle. It would be capable of carrying a 200 pound pilot safely with enough fuel to land at all times. The vehicle would be equipped with 5 variable jet thrusters, each capable of producing 125 pounds of thrust. There would be two jets in the front to support the fuel tanks, one in the middle section under the pilot aligned with the aircraft’s center of gravity, and two in the back that could also be used in part to increase forward momentum.
Each jet would be able to tilt using precise electric solenoids to optimize control during all parts of the flight. To feed the jet engines, the Jetsol would be equipped with two pressurized fuel tanks located inside its frame to fuel the system for a duration of 20 minutes.
Two lateral jet nozzles would reduce roll, making small corrections when necessary. The computerized flight system would stabilize the vehicle automatically every micro second, although the pilot would need to be trained to properly feel the Jetsol and learn how to react to its movements.
The Jetsol would have landing skids to land at a very low speed and skid a little when touching down. Small wings made of carbon fiber (not shown) could be added on the side of the fuselage to create additional lift.
Airbags could be added to some units. The vehicle’s speed could be limited to 50kph and the flying altitude could also be topped below 500 feet AGL. Of course, these parameters could change depending on the customer’s requirements and tolerance for risk or local regulations.
What’s It Used For?
The Jetsol could be used as a recreational vehicle to fly over fields, lakes, and forests. The jet exhausts are quite loud, so it probably wouldn’t be tolerated close to populated areas. The Jetsol could also be used for search and rescue operations since it could be brought rapidly in a pick-up and deployed in less than 3 minutes.
The Jetsol concept was created in collaboration with Franky Zapata from Zapata racing. If you are interested in seeing a personal aerial vehicle in action, you can contact Franky and his team directly.
The images of the Jetsol were produced by Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014. He currently works as a freelance vehicle designer in Mumbai, India.