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The Rocket Belt

Posted on September 15, 2009
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Extremely Expensive Gadgets: The Rocket Belt

I first saw this device when I watched that Michael Jackson concert on TV. I remember wondering if it was actually working or just part of the concert’s effects.

It turns out, such a device exists, works – and is actually a rather old invention, like from the 60s.

Faced with the problem of how to get men and women safely across rivers and ravines, the military negotiated with Bell Aerosystems to create SLRDs (small rocket lifting device) and the contract was awarded to TRECOM (The Army’s Transportation, Research and Engineering Command). The workable rocket belt is credited to Wendell Moore, an engineer working at Bell Aerosystems and the design of the rocket power unit is credited to James C. McCormick of Buffalo NY.

At Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana, they are into developing custom built rocket belts that allow users to hover around at more than 10 miles an hour – for the handsome price of $250,000. The fee includes: "a fully-tested, custom-made flying rocket belt, a special machine to make our own unlimited supply of rocket fuel, hands-on training in the process and the equipment, flight training of 10 flights in your own rocket belt, maintenance and setup training, and 24/7 expert support."

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