A new company, Martin Jetpack, may possibly put the land of New Zealand down under on map, this time around for an excellent achievement of engineering.
The Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack. It consists of a purpose-built gasoline engine driving twin ducted fans which produce sufficient thrust to lift the aircraft and a pilot in vertical takeoff and landing, and enable sustained flight.
The Martin Jetpack is creating a new segment in the aviation and recreational vehicle markets. Initially designed with the leisure market in mind, commercial demand for the Martin Jetpack has seen the development programme focus on readying the product for use in a number of sectors including emergency response, defense and recreation, with numerous applications in each sector.There is also an unmanned version planned which will lift more than most vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Martin Jetpack can take off from a small space, so is easy to deploy anywhere. It is easy to learn to fly, has an automated hover function, and is expected to be able to be flown in reasonable weather conditions.
Safety is very important to the Martin Aircraft Company. The dedicated engine is being designed to an aviation industry standard. In addition, the Martin Jetpack is designed to protect the pilot, including a ballistic parachute and a crumple undercarriage.
The Martin Jetpack can reach an excellent height of 1, 524 meters (5 ,000 ft) happens to be granted a permit to fly in uninhabited, rural areas . Though New Zealand’s flight regulators have limited Martin’s scope of operation for the time being the company says that military and first-responder versions of the Jetpack have been in developed and a consumer version will be available by 2015.
Perhaps if Martin can keep to their timetable, at some time in 2015, you’ll have the chance to fly your own Jetpack provided you can spend $200K for the machine.