The Jetpack - Glenn Martin
Named as one of Time magazine's Top 50 inventions for
2010, the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first practical
jetpack, with potential usage spanning search and rescue,
military, recreational and commercial applications,
both manned and unmanned. The Martin Jetpack was initially
conceived and developed by Glenn Martin in Dunedin in
1981. This led to the founding of Martin Aircraft Company
in 1998 and the development of a Jetpack that based
on current testing will have over 30 minutes flight
capability at a speed of up to 74 km/h and an altitude
up to 1,000 m (3000ft).
The Martin Jetpack is a disruptive technology, much
like the helicopter was when first developed, with substantial
capabilities and is able to be flown by a pilot or via
remote control. The Jetpack can take off and land vertically
(VTOL) and because of its small dimensions, it can operate
in confined spaces such as close to or between buildings,
near trees or in confined areas that other VTOL aircraft
such as helicopters cannot access.
Martin Jetpack has been designed with safety in mind
and for easy adoption, with pilot qualifications easy
to obtain. The Jetpack is “fly by wire”
so unlike other aircraft including helicopters it is
relatively easy to operate and with its ballistic parachute
system that can safely recover the aircraft from a few
meters above the ground it will be one of the most safe
light aircraft on the market.
Following the successful introduction of the Jetpack
into the first responder community, the company will
work on developing a jetpack for leisure and personal
Commercial Jetpacks are no longer the domain of science
fiction come fly the dream!