Hover jet

A jump jet of mass 400 kg\SI{400}{\kilogram} (without fuel) can hover, stationary, by burning fuel and blasting the waste products downwards at a constant velocity of 1000 m/s\SI[per-mode=symbol]{1000}{\meter \per \second} (relative to the jet). It is carrying 100 kg\SI{100}{\kilogram} of fuel.

How long, in seconds, can the jump jet hover like this before it runs out of the fuel?

Assume that the fuel contains all of the reactants: i.e. no air is being drawn from outside. (A real jump jet would take in air from outside, which would make up a substantial fraction of the exhaust mass.)

Take the acceleration due to gravity to be 10 m/s2\SI[per-mode=symbol]{10}{\meter \per \second \squared}.

Give your answer to 1 decimal place.


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