Named by Time magazine as one of the Top 50 inventions of 2010, the Martin Jetpack will become the very first commercial jetpack to be available in the market.
The once product of the Science Fiction realm, the Martin Jetpack is set to hit the public market next year for a whopping price of $ 150,000. The jetpack, which was 35 years in the making is the creation of inventor Glenn Martin and the New Zealand based company Martin Aircraft Company.
The world’s first ever commercial jetpack is made from carbon fiber and aluminum which eschews the traditional concept of rockets of science fiction jetpacks. This jetpack uses fans and is powered by a two liter petrol engine. The jetpack is capable of lifting 120 kgs of human into the air.
It even has a low altitude parachute for emergency use.
According to the test runs done during the Paris airshow, the Martin Jetpack can sustain flight for 30 minutes and can reach speed up to 74 kilometers per hour. Pilots can even take the jetpack to an altitude of 1,000 m taking off and landing vertically which can range from parking lots to viable launchpads.
Contrary to what most people believe, this particular jetpack was not created for billionaires but for emergency personnel. Chief executive of Martin, Peter Coker explained in an interview with Reuters saying,
“I think the first responders will see that as a massive improvement to their capability, Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time is crucial.”
Although personal versions of this highly anticipated product will be released next year, the emergency jetpack versions will not reach the market until the second half of 2016.