After being in fantasy world, soon jetpack would be a part of our lives. Now get ready to have a jetpack for your own as Martin Jetpack gets flight permit for manned test.
The New Zealand based Martin Aircraft Company gets permission to test its jetpack for manned-test flights. The certification for testing the jetpack is of course a valuable part in the development of the new innovation and after being tested, the company is likely to start selling its jetpack to the end-consumers.
On speaking with AFP, Martin Aircraft chief executive Peter Coker said;
“For us it’s a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we’re now in a position to commercialise and take forward very quickly.”
The jetpack was originally a concept sketched by the popular inventor Glenn Martin more than 30 years ago. Undoubtedly, the inventor was inspired by some early childhood television shows and fantasy-based stories where the jetpack was the source to fly in sky, without wings. After sketching the concept in the mind, Martin started working on his innovation in Christchurch garage, using a pair of cylinders containing propulsion fans attached to a free-standing carbon-fibre frame.
In an evolution, the jetpack concept now moved towards its latest prototype P12. The jetpack prototype P12 is having a wide number of improvements than the earlier jetpack prototypes and results a “quantum leap in performance” than the former ones.
Coker has revealed that there are two jetpack variants coming up in the near future. The special version jetpack is designed for the military and emergency crews such as firefighters which is expected to be available in the mid-2014. On the other side, the next version is designed for the general usage, targeted to the public. The publicized version of jetpack is likely to be available in the market from 2015. The general purpose jetpack will be available with estimated price of $150,000-250,000, however, the price is said to be declined over a time.
Watch official Martin Jetpack testing video:
The team behind Martin Jetpack has tested a remote control version of the jetpack back in May 2011. The jetpack was then carrying a dummy pilot soared 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above the South Island’s Canterbury Plains.