French inventor successfully soars over English Channel on hoverboard

 

How a French inventor crossed the English Channel with one short refuel and in 22 minutes on a hoverboard.

The French inventor of the jet-powered hoverboard soared over the English Channel despite wind gusts Sunday, becoming the first to cross the channel in such a futuristic way after failing in his first attempt last month.

Franky Zapata reached speeds of 110 mph to complete the 22-mile journey on his flyboard that began in Sangatte – in France’s Pas de Calais region – and ended in St. Margaret’s Bay, beyond the white cliffs of Dover, in southeast England.

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The ORCA Man-Overboard Alarm

The ORCA Man-Overboard Alarm 

The industrial safety and security experts over at BriarTek Incorporated got the green light (and $19 million) to test a Man Overboard Indicator, or MOBI, on 105 US Navy vessels. The Virginia-based firm’s MOBI, known as the ORCA (for Overboard Recovery Communications Apparatus and not because it’s a killer whale), does more than just alert a ship’s crew of a sailor in the water; it keeps a unique ID for each sailor so rescuers will know who they’re looking for, the downed seaman’s position, and even how many people are in the water in an event where multiple sailors are cast overboard.

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