Martin Aircraft: Putting the 'Segway' Back in 'Jetpack'

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Martin Aircraft: Putting the 'Segway' Back in 'Jetpack'

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Finally, after years of teasing, the future is finally going to give us what it promised; commercially available Jetpacks.

Martin Aircraft, a New Zealand-based company, is about to enter the production phase for its new Jetpack creatively called ... The Martin Jetpack.

The Jetpack, which can fly for about 30 minutes at its top speed of 63mph, does not require a pilot's licence to fly, as its top speed and weight qualify it as an "ultralight" class air vehicle. Not only that, but the Jetpack itself is supposed to be very easy to operate.

"We're trying to make the world's easiest-to-fly aircraft. Our goal is to create a Segway for the sky, where the principles of flying would be very simple," says Richard Lauder, chief executive of Martin Aircraft.

The manufacturer is only going to produce 800 Jetpacks a year at first, but the $100,000 price tag will probably prevent a rush of Jetpack-enthusiasts.

"I certainly don't think it's going to be a George Jetson-sort-of-situation here, where there's one on every block, especially when the price starts out at $100,000," says Dick Knapinski, communications director for the Experimental Aircraft Association. "But I think you'll see a small section of people who would like to have one of those. I would do it in a second."

As would I, Dick. As would I.

Source: Discovery News via Kotaku

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Sparkster costumes! EVERYWHERE

XD

on topic, that's impressive, really

Freaking FINALLY. Saw this design ages ago, thought theyve given up. Wonder if theyre still working on the one that runs on peroxide...

My friends, the future is upon us. Soon jetpacks will be everywhere.
And it will be awesome.

I really wish I was rich right now. I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat.

*Sigh* Hate to be a killjoy but...

I can't wait for the flurry of lawsuit-inspired regulations to take all the fun out of owning one here.

...Not that I could ever afford one at 100k. But still.

Martin Jetpack

Such a dull name.

Why not The Darwinian Dynamics Probability Adjuster Thruster Pack

Or The Martin Vertical Velocity Facilitator.

Atmos Duality:
*Sigh* Hate to be a killjoy but...

I can't wait for the flurry of lawsuit-inspired regulations to take all the fun out of owning one here.

...Not that I could ever afford one at 100k. But still.

I hope they cover their asses by making every purchaser sign a contract or term of uses agreement that will remove absolutely all liability(even malfunctions)

At first I was like "Jetpacks, hm that's cool..." Then I was like "It's for personal use? O_o God yes!" Then: "100,000$... Damn it."

Edit: Anyone else think it looks like a shiny version of the one they made on Mythbusters?

Except that the picture there doesn't show a jetpack at all. It's kinda like a backpack helicopter shown there.
A jet pack would require a jet to be expelled trough a nozzle somewhere to generate thrust, this guy does it using propellers. Completely different thing people...

So boss. Just... so boss.

Y'know, this could very well be the inspiration I need to get off my ass and go make some money. I want a feckin' Jetpack!

I want to know the fuel. I would love to fly back and forth to work, worth the $100,000. But if the fuel is to expensive, then it is not worth using it.

Flauros:
Freaking FINALLY. Saw this design ages ago, thought they've given up. Wonder if they're still working on the one that runs on peroxide...

The fuel was the first question i had. I'm assuming it's some type of alcohol, but peroxide would be a good choice as well.

Man, if I won the lottery I would so get one... Give it three years and we'll have ourselves Iron Man suits.

Jetpacks are a cool idea and all, but I wouldn't trust 'em no matter how safe they were supposed to be.

Now, if they don't go bankrupt from lawsuits, we'll finally be in the future.

How bout a version that you need a sport aviation license? It would be able to faster and farther, and the license is a lot cheaper than a full pilot license.

I'm guessing it's going to get shut down right quick.

While it goes back years I know there are a lot of state laws that greatly limit personal flight. For example at one point Popular Mechanics did an issue with step by step instructions on how to build your own gyrocopters, making it clear how relatively easy and inexpensive it is for people to own their own flying machines. The reason why things like this never took off is because dealing with flying people is very difficult for the authorities. I mean how do you safely ground someone travelling through the air? What if they get drunk and crash into a house? How do you enforce tresspassing laws with people flying over the property of others at low altitude? If some dude decides to engage in arson (dropping say molotov cocktails) or takes potshots at people from the air what do you do about it? How do the police pursue if a criminal flees the scene by air? Not to mention all the questions of licensing and certification involved in getting pilots liscences which might be bypassed, and to be honest a lot of those requirements exist for people to make money off of them (some things pilots have to learn are irrelevent with modern technology, but the certification for them being complex enough to warrent special training, approval, and liscencing. Pilot's liscences not being cheap, and according to many, a giant scam).

Personal jetpacks have been around for a while, I mean many years ago there was a dude who flew one around outside the premiere of "Robocop 3" as a promotion. I believe there are specific places that also rent them to tourists around "The Grand Canyon" and the like. So it's not like this is some new technology either.

I'd guess the guys wanting to set this up aren't aware of the laws, or if they are, the laws are going to be rapidly changed to prevent these from being used. Sort of like how Segways were going to be some radical thing everyone would use, but they wound up getting banned in a lot of places.

I don't think this will catch on, even as a toy for rich people, and is liable to never decrease in price for people to have. No more than the "personal gyrocopter". I suppose at some point in the future with other supporting technologies, and an infrastructure to deal with people moving in three dimensions we might see it, but we'll probaby see world unity
(as I've rambled about) before that.

See, as cool as I think Jet Packs are, and as much as I'd love to have one personally, I'm one of those people would believe that there are too many problems with the idea. To put it bluntly, I wouldn't want guys either zipping through my yard on them, or zipping around above my car while I'm trying to drive (and perhaps losing control and crashing into the streets). Not to mention the off possibility of some drunk guy losing control and say smashing through one of my house windows in the middle of the night or whatever. This above and beyond the criminal possibilities I mentioned

... all that cool stuff action heroes do on Jet Packs in video games? That's exactly why people shouldn't have them at the moment. Especially seeing as it won't be an action hero doing that kind of thing, it's going to be some dumb rich kid who THINKS he's that action hero.

Only 20 years late I demand mine for free to compensate.

Ummmmmm....

I'm sick, and I can't afford the 100,000 dollar surgery to survive. Help!

I'd rather just stick with a hang glider. Marauding around the planet like a dropship trooper sounds fun, sure, but I still think jet packs are supposed to go with frictionless "space" environments. But whatever.

...

DEY SEE ME PACKIN'. DEY HATIN'.

It can only fly for thrity minutes? Plus how high can it go?

I can many people plummeting to their doom after losing track of time in one of these things.

Ne1butme:

Flauros:
Freaking FINALLY. Saw this design ages ago, thought they've given up. Wonder if they're still working on the one that runs on peroxide...

The fuel was the first question i had. I'm assuming it's some type of alcohol, but peroxide would be a good choice as well.

Same here. I'd wouldn't be very useful in the way of functional transport if the fuel to airtime ratio is woefully small, and I expect it'll be extremely expensive to maintain. Still...

OMG JETPACK!! O_o

Atmos Duality:
*Sigh* Hate to be a killjoy but...

I can't wait for the flurry of lawsuit-inspired regulations to take all the fun out of owning one here.

...Not that I could ever afford one at 100k. But still.

And so there SHOULD be. Let's be honest here people: flying around at 63 MPH is lethally dangerous not only to themselves but to anyone in a 31.5 mile radius. Most people still can't get the hang of a car, now we'll have people flying around without any training or experience (air functions a lot differently to land) and without any 'official' or enforcable skyway laws to apply to them you can bet they're going to be hitting that 63 max most of the time. It'll probably be a few hours before someone slams headfirst into a building or runs out of fuel and plumets wile-e-coyote style to their death.

These things NEED licensing and regulating, if anyone thinks otherwise then you're exactly the reason why it needs it.

Deshin:

These things NEED licensing and regulating, if anyone thinks otherwise then you're exactly the reason why it needs it.

I'm certain such devices do need safety regulations.

But I'm also certain our government will do its damnest to suck all the joy out of these too.
Fuck, they already did that with automobiles.

These are the times I wish I was rich. Seriously, this:
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Combined with that would be the best costume ever.

It would be fairly easy to designate flight lanes so to speak where use of jetpacks are allowed. Perhaps restricting them to use over sidewalks primarily for instance and regulating speed much like you do with cars in residential areas.

A jetpack only moving at a max speed of 25 MPH should be fairly easy to control for anyone and since we already have automated cameras and guns regulating speed and taking pictures of anyone who breaks laws it would not be too hard to include the sky in the area being monitored.

Honestly though, think about the sport applications here. We pay Atheletes so freaking much money that 100k per athelete for a jetpack sport of some kind would not be that expensive and it would be FREAKING AWESOME. I mean seriously just two teams with jetpacks that have a goal a decent distance apart and a beach ball they need to get in the goal (or block from getting in the goal) only by hitting it with special sticks.......would be fun to watch.

As far as transportation I think anyone should be able to use a jetpack on their own private property and then slowly cities should open up legal areas/lanes/streets or flyways for jetpack use as well as it becomes more popular. If only a few people still have jetpacks you could petition for specific jetpack flight paths (Say to and from work for instance).

The range eventually would need to be expanded though in order to make a big difference on commuting. Eventually though you could easily make a "jetpack highway" over water and mainly unpopulated areas that could turn a 2 hour commute on the freeway into a 30-40 minute commute in the air.

I live in the Bay area and getting from San Jose to San Fransisco takes about 2 hours during the commutes but less then an hour with no traffic traveling 60-70 mph. If Jet packs had a 1 hour charge you could do the trip in a bit less then an hour easily.....that would be worth 100k to many people pretty fast actually just in time saved etc. That of course is saying that the fuel is not massively expensive. Ultimately the best bet would be to have it be based on electrical charge which you can power up over night or during the day at work.

To really start to be useful you need the packs to be chargable and have at least 1 hour use at a top speed of 68 mph or so. If the battery packs are replaceable you could event take a decent amount of time to recharge them, or even have places you can just trade in your pack for another for a small charge (recharge stations so to speak). This could allow someone to travel very long distances with very little downtime by pit stopping every hour or so.

Want to go from SF to LA? Just plot out a course from recharge station to recharge station and make the trip in 7 hours (6 hours of flight with 5 pit stops along the way).

I see endless applications of this technology:)

I wish I had that kind of money to spend on this... I really do... I really really really do.

Does anyone have any tips on earning $100,000 fast? It doesn't have to be sustainable beyond that... I just want a jetpack.

TriggerUnhappy:
These are the times I wish I was rich. Seriously, this:
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Combined with that would be the best costume ever.

I couldn't agree more

well...the only niggling thought in my head is of all the idiots that would be jetting around if jetpacks were to become norm someday
I mean, we have a lot of stupid teens driving more and more nowadays and...
well okay now the thought of idiots smacking into things at high speeds isn't too bad. make our jobs (us ninjas, I mean) a bit easier lol

Awwwww yeah, make way for the future bitches.

While awesome, I need more details. What's the fuel supply? How much weight can it lift? Will is actually be useful for things other than giggles? No answers, no buy (not like I could afford the 100K anyway).

vehystrix:
Except that the picture there doesn't show a jetpack at all. It's kinda like a backpack helicopter shown there.
A jet pack would require a jet to be expelled trough a nozzle somewhere to generate thrust, this guy does it using propellers. Completely different thing people...

Honestly, though, do you really care? It lets you fly for half an hour. Anywhere. And it is awesome.

I would sacrifice the newborn children of 1000 civilizations just to wear that thing for a few minutes!

do want. damn the consequences.

You guys, what could possibly go wrong?

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