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The following can be ignored since it's entirely in-universe and has no real bearing on building anything.Now, I do have to comment on the in-universe reasoning, because I'm an uber-geek. Your in-universe perspective is more or less exactly backward for how repulsors vs. jets work. Going by in-universe examples, a small (well, smaller than the Boba/Jango style pack) repulsor pack would generate only a few feet of maximum altitude (Like in Yoda's hoverchair and small droids that float around). To get altitude like you'd want for getaway or ambush (Airspeeders and such), you'd need a bigger, louder pack (Farther you are from ground, more power output needed to remain aloft. Mostly everything you see floating that high is car-sized and mostly made of engine). Also, in terms of lateral speed, repulsor packs would generally be FASTER than jet packs (going by West End Games SWRPG references), don't require other sources of thrust (repulsors provide lift and lateral propulsion), and have a much longer range.