The New Zeeland based firm ‘Martin Aircraft’ has been developing a prototype jetpack that is powered by a 200 horsepower V4 petrol engine that drives two fans for up to 30 minutes of flight time. It can attain speeds of 74 km/h and reach altitudes of 1,000 meters.
The so called ‘Martin Jetpack’ was initially devised and developed by Glenn Martin in 1981, which led to his company to progress the concept for over the past 34 years. The company believes that the jetpack would be best suited for emergency workers and would be ideal in helping in disaster relief.
Made of carbon fibre and aluminum alloys, the jetpack has an ability to fly into tightly confined areas and land on rooftops covered with wires and obstructions, making it a practical alternative to traditional helicopters. The Martin Jetpack can take off and land vertically and has been designed with safety in mind for simply adoption with pilot qualifications easily obtainable. The ‘fly by wire’ system is straightforward to operate and with its ballistic parachute system, the jetpack can be safely recovered from just a few meters above the ground. The Martin Jetpack is almost ready to reach the market, and will be available to purchase for $150,000 USD by the end of 2015.