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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is nearing completion of their electric jetpack prototype, with military trials just on the horizon. However, the developers aren’t resting on their laurels. They’re actively exploring ways to extend the current 20-minute flight range to a more impressive two hours.

Unlike the British company’s jetpack which relies on a micro gas turbine, DRDO’s approach is electric, utilizing battery-powered Electric Ducted Fans (EDFs). These EDFs are essentially self-contained propulsion units that combine a multi-bladed fan, a powerful electric motor, and a surrounding shroud.

The key to achieving a longer flight time lies in optimizing the thrust-to-weight ratio. A higher ratio translates to better endurance and range, allowing the user to stay airborne for extended periods. This is where DRDO’s developers are focusing their efforts.

While the exact details of the prototype remain undisclosed, sources suggest it could be ready for military trials within the next few months. This marks a significant step towards equipping Indian forces with a potentially game-changing technology.

Unlike the jet-powered models used by some companies, DRDO’s jetpack relies on battery-driven electric ducted fans (EDFs). These integrated systems offer several advantages:

  • Reduced noise: EDFs are significantly quieter than jet engines, making them ideal for covert operations or urban environments.
  • Lower operating costs: Electricity is generally cheaper than jet fuel, leading to more cost-effective operations.
  • Simpler maintenance: EDFs have fewer moving parts compared to jet engines, potentially simplifying maintenance and repair.

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