The Martin Jetpack displayed at the Paris Airshow. Photo credits: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
After years of testing, tech firm Martin Aircraft, based in New Zealand, has finally announced that its jetpack model – the Martin Jetpack – will be on the market next year.
Powered by 2 enormous fans, the device operates on normal petrol. Its frame is made from ultra-tough carbon fibre and aluminium. It can reach speeds of 74 km/h and fly for around half an hour. Safety issues? A ballistic parachute has been embedded into the device in case of flying problems.
Test flights in the past showed that it can reach heights of 1,500 metres. Otherwise the company announced that pilots of the one to be put on the market would reach heights of 1,000 metres.
The Martin Jetpacks are said to be able to take off and land vertically. Furthermore, they work perfectly well in small areas like in between buildings, or even in forests.
It is expected to be used by emergency workers to tackle problems as swiftly as possible.
“I think the first responders will see that as a massive improvement to their capability,” said Peter Coker, chief executive of Martin Aircraft, in a statement to Reuters. “Naturally for the ambulance service, getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time [is crucial].”
The Martin Jetpack will be on sale to the emergency workers next year. Another more personal version will then be released in 2017 for the rest of the public.