Old Wernher the rocket scientist, if he were alive, would want one of these babies on holiday. It's a water-powered jet pack
The military might not find much use for it in Afghanistan, so don't expect to see any units tested at Edwards Air Force Base in the California desert. But the company hopes later versions will lift a thousand pounds, and could offer beach patrol, search-and-rescue, bridge inspection/maintenance, harbor security, and maybe even anti-piracy missions.
For now, rich thrill seekers will play with it. The company plans to make it available before the end of September for only 99,000 Euros. To convert to dollars, tack on another thirty grand.