New Zealand Company Testing Jetpacks for Commercial Use
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New Zealand Company Testing Jetpacks for Commercial Use

August 9, 2019


(Image source: Martin Aircraft Company) BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT One New Zealand-based company is looking to
turn grounded civilians into rocketeers with a real jetpack. “The Martin Aircraft Company in New Zealand
plans to launch a consumer model next year. Launch, as in up to 7,000 feet up and flying
at speeds of up to 50 mph.” (Via The Wall Street Journal) The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
gave the company approval to test the 12th prototype of its Martin Jetpack. Surprisingly
enough, inventor Glenn Martin said he gained inspiration from watching “The Jetsons.” (Via
Martin Aircraft Company, “The Jetsons”) But don’t get too caught up on the word jetpack.
According to the Mother Nature Network, jetpack is a misnomer because the device flies using
a gas engine and twin-ducted fans. So, what’s it like to actually fly one of
these things? At least one pilot said: “It’s a mixture of scary and just awesome. But when
you’re actually in it, it’s all behind you.” Martin told CBS he’s worked on the jetpack
for 30 years and has the clunky prototypes to prove it. The company is also working on how the jetpack
will be categorized. New Zealand aviation officials will soon decide whether operators
will need a license and where pilots can fly the so-called “motorcycles of the sky.” (Via
Slate) The company expects to sell the Martin Jetpack
first to emergency responders and defense specialists. Commercial versions are expected
to go on the market next year for about $150,000.

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  1. I think when it gets into the hands of the masses. Who knows where it could go in 20 years with mass production, more companies, competition, investments and new designs. When you compare this to the earlier ones, it's come a long way.

  2. People forget how the car evolved before Ford came out with the Model T and revolutionized automobile manufacturing, how inefficient those old bicycles were with giant tires and how airplanes evolved since the Wright Brothers. This is evolution taking place before our eyes.

  3. its cheap as for millitary use. but hopefully he doesn't supply to millitary because it will be used to kill people, some will be innocent. no kiwi wants that on their conscience

  4. its cheap as for millitary use. but hopefully he doesn't supply to millitary because it will be used to kill people, some will be innocent. no kiwi wants that on their conscience

  5. $150.000 hell, i came on here to look up what my competitors are doing and hear that. Shit i'm fixing to build something very close to this and i was thinking more like $18,000 for mine. This guys way out there with his price.

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