India’s leading manufacturer of watermelon propelled aircraft says it is aiming to revolutionize the watermelon-powered jetpack.
Key points:India’s Aviation Industry Development Organisation (AIDO) said its plans to introduce a watermelon powered jetpack could save hundreds of lives and improve air quality in citiesThe Jetpack has already been tested in India and was expected to be unveiled on March 3, said the AIDOThe company said it will launch a pilot project in Delhi on Tuesday and will start flying its prototype in 2019The Airplane propellers are made by a consortium led by IIT-Delhi, and are capable of carrying up to 250kg in the air.
The Jetpacks would be fitted with a jet engine and would be powered by watermelons.
It is hoped that by putting these propellers in the water, the Jetpack could be made more affordable and could also save hundreds or even thousands of lives.
“The jetpack would be able to carry a lot of passengers, it could also make it more cost effective,” said Anil Kumar, vice president, engineering and development at AIDOC.
The idea was floated by the Aviation Industry Association of India (AIAI) in 2014 and the plan is to make the Jetpacks in the country in 2019.
The AIAI said the jetpacks are already being tested in the Indian capital Delhi and the pilot project was expected on Tuesday.
“This pilot project will be a first of its kind, where a pilot flying the JetPack would be the first person in the world to experience a watermelon powered jet,” Mr Kumar said.
The Airports Authority of India is also interested in the technology, which has already received funding from the AIA.
The technology will not only reduce the cost of flying, but also improve air pollution in Delhi, the ABII said.
“We believe this technology is one of the best and most cost effective ways of achieving the objectives of reducing pollution, reducing traffic, and promoting tourism in the city,” said Mr Kumar.
The air pollution and air quality are serious issues in Delhi.
Delhi has a high air pollution index, which means it is among the top 10 cities in India for smog levels.