The jetpack dream is moving forward--or perhaps upward--once again. Martin Aircraft, makers of the Martin Jetpack (a PopSci Best of What's New winner in 2008), have set a new flight duration record with their personal flight device, putting it in the air for seven solid minutes during a recent outdoor test.
This particular test was unmanned (that's Jetson, a dummy/counterweight, that you see up there), though we've already seen the jetpack take a real pilot upwards at Oshkosh back in 2008. But that was a short and highly controlled hover. To be honest, that flight was pretty conservative, though the idea at the time was only to prove the concept publicly. The flight in the video below, controlled by a pilot on the ground, is the real deal, showing that the jetpack can sustain flight over a period of minutes. With this success, surely longer-duration flights are in the offing.
The term jetpack, of course, is a bit of a misnomer. The vehicle relies on two huge ducted fans (you can see them bending the grass over in the video) to provide lift. The company claims the current model can hoist a 250 pound person aloft for half an hour, long enough to make a short journey moving at a max speed of 60 miles per hour. Eventually, anyhow.
But one step at a time. For now, Martin is putting its jetpack through hover and endurance tests like the one you see here. If all goes well, you might be able to buy one relatively soon, assuming you have $100,000 to invest and the stones to be an early adopter.
I'm sorry but that is not a jet pack , at lease not my childhood dream of a jet pack.
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@gunsarecool You're right, it isn't a jet pack, but believe it or not, actual jet packs have existed before, it's just that the fuel gets guzzled up so fast that it'll only last for like 2 minutes. Not the normal time you'd fly in something of the type.
Navy1270: You are probably referring to the jetpacks that use pressurized nitrogen to push hydrogen peroxide through a silver catalyst,which produces a blast of super-heated steam.It only can carry enough peroxide for a 2 or 3 minute flight.I do recall a story,in Popular Science or Popular Mechanics from years ago, which talked about a jetpack similar to this one that used small, high thrust to weight ratio jet engines.One reason it wasn't produced was that the engine manufacturer's output was devoted to producing powerplants for cruise missiles.
I love the ripples in the tall grass below the jet pack when it gets low to the ground; it gives you a sense to how powerful that thing really is...
Just imagine a morning commute in one of these...and the inevitable trafic jam in the sky :)
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Jetpacks was yes!
I am curious to know what Martin sees this being used for... Other than pure awesomeness.
If only the movie Kick Ass used this at the ending of the movie , It would have been more believable ....
this one very cool machine hope the general public can use this , talk about fast warm pizza deliveries ,
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I wouldn't buy it if the Space cops can just remote-control fly me to do an aerial traffic violation, such as running an aerial stop sign (which better never be invented.) I would really like to have the 'Martin DuctPak' ducted-fan-pack or whatever you want to call the 'headcopter', to fly to work to ensure that I don't get stuck in traffic, pulled over for speeding, runnning stop signs, etc.. or delayed by ground-based vehicular accidents. As long as they are expensive, and require higher brain function as a requirement for your flyer's license, the skies will be uncrowded, and your chances of survival would be much higher than driving a conventional vehicle on the streets of say: Memphis, TN, which has confusing roads and confused drivers. maybe there was a cloud of hippie acid in the air at the time, but i swear i saw a character from Planet of the Apes driving there, or maybe it was bigfoot. maybe i didn't get a clear view, but it definitely looked like a Wookiee. I thought Wookiees were fictional beings until that fateful afternoon, and ever since, The Force has been strong with me.. Still need that Lightsaber crystal though.
Both Martin (Jet Pack) and Yves Rossy “Jetman” have a system for personal flying. Both have their weaknesses. Jetman needs a way to lift off from the ground besides jumping from a plane. Jetman needs more efficient, effective propulsion to provide take-off and landing. Martin’s system needs a means of stable forward flight. Martin system needs wings for horizontal flight and range. I suggest combining wings with a propeller system to make, in effect, a personal Osprey. [Think of it as the Marine Corps’ Osprey but for one person.]