If you have always dreamt of launching into the sky with a sleek jetpack just like James Bond, then here’s some good news for you.
Reuters has learned that the Martin Aircraft Company is looking to launch its Martin Jetpack into the market by next year. Moreover, it will reportedly become the very first personal jetpack that will be made commercially available.
This is actually not the first time that New Zealand based Martin Aircraft Company has caught attention for its futuristic piece of technology. In fact, Time Magazine has included an earlier model of the Martin Jetpack in their 50 Best Inventions List back in 2010. According to Time, field tests were going to start beginning 2011.
Fast forward to four years later, the Martin Aircraft Company displays a reportedly improved version of their jetpack – that has been dubbed P12 – during the recent 51st International Paris Air Show.
The said show attracted as much as 130,000 trade visitors. In a press statement by the Martin Aircraft Company, they said that the International Paris Air Show ” has been an overwhelming success both in terms of the business and the opportunity introduce to the global aviation community the latest model of the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first practical personal jetpack, with potential usage spanning search and rescue, military, recreational and commercial applications, both manned and unmanned.”
In fact, the Martin Aircraft Company calls it the “most safe light aircraft on the market.” It is capable of vertical take off and landing (VTOL) and is able to handle sizeable commercial payloads that are up to 120kgs in weight. Moreover, Reuters reports that the Martin Jetpack is powered by a V4 200 horsepower petrol engine that is capable of reaching a maximum altitude of 1,000 meters.
Meanwhile, it carries a speed of 74 kilometers per hour and can fly for over 30 minutes.
The company also believes that their latest jetpack can possibly help a lot of first responders save more lives. In an interview with Reuters, Martin Aircraft Company CEO/ Managing Director Peter Coker said, “I think the first responders will see that as a massive improvement to their capability.
So, for example, in the fire services going around to look at the situational awareness of what’s going on, perhaps through water security or even search and rescue on beach patrol, something along those lines. Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time. So there’s a lot of uses within that first responder environment.”
According to the Martin Aircraft Company, they are targeting the price tag of the Martin Jetpack to be under $150,000. Should you be placing an order for a Martin Jetpack, Reuters reports that deliveries are expected to start at the second half of 2016.