I am sure a lot of people remember seeing the concept of a jetpack in movies as early as the 1920s and thought that it would be cool to see such a thing come to fruition. Jetpacks became a reality in the 196os, but generally they have not been very efficient and quite unwieldy due to gravity, the atmosphere, and the fact that the human body was not meant to fly. But after seeing impressive displays of water propulsion jetpacks, we knew that through Moore’s law jetpacks would become even more efficient and the Martin Jetpack is an impressive and effective jetpack that is gaining a lot of attention.
The Martin Jetpack works differently than most jetpacks because it uses turbines for propulsion, similar to that of a helicopter. The Martin Jetpack utilizes a custom two-stroke engine to power the jetpack and it has reached heights of about 5,000 feet, speeds up to 31 mph, and has a climb rate similar to that of a helicopter. It comes as no surprise that the demand of the Martin Jetpack is quite high for many different applications, and we can assume military forces will be extremely interested in them
But 5,000 feet? That could cause a bit of trepidation, but rest assured, the Martin Jetpack has a parachute system built into the jetpack for added safety when using it. Sounds quite amazing, right? If you would like to own a Martin Jetpack it would be wise to order one on the site as soon as you can. Investors to the company will have first access to them as well as units for police and military scheduled for release in the middle of 2014. I think it goes without saying, but we at Vicespy definitely want one for our own personal use, considering that at the moment it will not require special licensing to operate, anyone that can afford the Martin Jetpack will have access to one in a very short while.
“I think the first responders will see that as a massive improvement to their capability,” Peter Coker, chief executive of Martin told Reuters. “Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time [is crucial].”
The jetpack will ship for emergency services in the second-half of 2016, with a personal version scheduled to be released the following year.
New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft recently floated on the Australian stock exchange, seeing a $50m investment from Chinese aerospace company Kuang-Chi Science, valuing Martin at $100m. It began taking orders earlier this year, and has been showing off a simulator of the jetpack at airshows including Paris.