Futuristic Jetpacks are Here!
Martin Aircraft Co in New Zealand was originally established as a research and development company. However, this year at the International Paris Air Show the company introduced their new Martin Jetpack. The new jetpack is a fan-propelled personal flying machine that will be available next year. But before you start dreaming of owning one of these beauties, you must consider the price tag. The company estimates they will sell their jetpacks for around $200,000.
When Martin Aircraft started to create the futuristic jetpack they envisioned the jetpack aiding firefighters and emergency first responders. Back in 2013 Martin Aircraft started their first test flights on the Martin jetpack.
Even back then the company saw a potential for saving human lives. They feel their jetpack can aid firefighters, search-and-rescue and border patrol operations.
According to Martin Aircraft the jetpack lifts off the ground using two powerful fans, which are driven by a gasoline engine. The engine and fans are attached to a carbon-fiber-and-aluminum frame. The jetpack can stay air born for around 30 minutes. The top flying speeds are 46 mph and it can reach an altitude of 3,200 feet. The company designed the metal ducts that surround the jetpack’s fans as a safety feature. The metal ducts keep the pilot, and anyone standing near the jetpack safe. This protects the operator from the whirling fan blades.
The new fan-based propulsion system makes it easy for anyone to operate and control the jetpack. Furthermore, someone on the ground can control the pack remotely. The company designed the new pack to take off and land vertically. They feel these features will make the pack ideal for emergency-response tasks.
The company is worried about the safety of the pilot so they have installed a ballistic parachute on the pack. The ballistic extractions and inflation system used for the chute allows it to open quickly. This ensures the pilot isn’t hurt in case of a catastrophic failure when descending to a lower height.
If you’re interested in seeing the jetpack in action the video below demonstrates the new Martin Jetpack.
Image: Martin Aircraft Company
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