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14 Jul

Fly Around the City with the Portable Martin Jetpack

Martin jetpack front view
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A set of portable rocket boosters can eliminate all of your transportation problems. To be more specific, the Martin jetpack is the ultimate solution to road congestion, complex transportation planning and inaccessible obstacles.

Designed by Glenn Martin in the 1980s, the machine boasts several firsts in the personal aircraft space. It is one of the only viable alternatives to bulky helicopters. The flying vessel is also small enough to land on rooftops. 

Monstrous Specs for a Compact Aircraft

Under the hood, the aerial transportation pod runs on a 200-horsepower, V4 2.0L engine. At full capacity, it holds 45 liters of petrol for fuel. There are two powerful duct fans for air management and propulsion. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) registered aircraft can takeoff and land vertically. During flight, the machine has the potential to reach 3,000 feet and hit speeds up to 74kph.

There are also a myriad of safety features designed to prevent fatal injuries. The frame of the aircraft has the ability to withstand 10Gs of force on impact. GPS ensures the navigator never gets lost during the 30-minute flying session. For emergency landings, users have the option to eject a ballistic parachute from the pod.

Martin jetpack front view

It Can save Your Life Too

The Martin jetpack isn’t just for kicks. It serves as support for service and medical-related fields. Lifeguards have the option to patrol a congested beach with ease by flying above the crowd. The jetpack would allow professionals to hover above the water and make it back to land with plenty of energy on reserve to perform other essential tasks.

“For example, in the fire services going around to look at the situational awareness of what’s going on, perhaps through water security or even search and rescue on beach patrol, something along those lines,” said Martin chief executive Peter Coker. “Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time. So there’s a lot of uses within that first responder environment.”

Martin jetpack controller

Disrupting Food Delivery Services and Medical Missions

Upscale restaurants may also choose to deploy a few jetpacks for instant deliveries. Food stays fresh during the minutes it takes to arrive at a customer’s doorstep. With GPS, a food establishment could deliver to parks, trails and other hard-to-reach venues.

In more serious scenarios, the flying vessel serves a vital purpose during emergency situations. Life-saving medical supplies could be transported from one popup facility to another. Reaching remote areas can be done instantly, without the need for an airplane runway strip or a large landing pad.

Martin jetpack experimental flight

Pricing and Availability

The company will release the flying pod to first responders (rescue and government organizations) next year. Early adopters can get their hands on the versatile aircraft by 2017 for $150,000. For now, the New Zealand-based establishment is capable of manufacturing 500 jetpacks annually.

Numerous businesses worldwide have already preordered a fleet-sized number of machines. The Beijing Flying Man Science and Technology ordered 100 manned jetpacks and 50 unmanned jetpacks from the company, which was announced during the Paris Air Show.

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