The Martin Jetpack personal mobility aid from the private New Zealand company Martin Aircraft Company has been in development for over 20 years. During this time, the appearance and design of the device completely changed several times. Now, after another design change, the company promises to launch the sale of jetpacks to everyone, starting in mid-2014.
“The P12 prototype shown in our recent flight test is a huge step up from the previous version. The changes have resulted in a quantum leap in performance and maneuverability, ”says Martin Aircraft CEO Peter Cocker.
Indeed, the current performance of the Martin Jetpack is quite impressive. The maximum speed of the backpack is 74 km / h. A full tank of fuel will keep the pilot in the air for 30 minutes, during which the Jetpack can fly about 30 km.
The heart of the Martin Jetpack is the gasoline engine. The engine displacement is 2 liters, which ultimately gives 200 hp. power and 245 Nm of torque. With this power, the motor weighs only 60 kg.
Although the Martin Jetpack looks more like a large jetpack in design, it will qualify as an ultralight aircraft in most parts of the world. And even more so in the United States, you will need a license for a light sports plane to fly a Jetpack.
Glenn Martin, founder of Martin Aircraft, plans to keep the price of his aircraft under $ 100, 000. Nevertheless, experts believe that it will be 1.5-2 times higher. Currently, the company's official website is already collecting pre-orders from potential customers.