The Martin Jetpack Gets Aviation Approval

New Zealand based, Martin Aircraft, solidified it’s quest for manned jet pack glory having aviation regulators issue a flying permit, allowing for manned test flights. Chief Executive, Peter Coker said, “For us it’s a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we’re now in a position to commercialise and take forward very quickly,”

The latest version of the Matin designs is the P12, which has made a vast array of changes since it’s last design, improving the pack significantly. “Changing the position of the jetpack’s ducts has resulted in a quantum leap in performance over the previous prototype, especially in terms of the aircraft’s maneuverability,” said Coker. A military and “first responder” emergency specialized jetpack should be ready for delivery by mid-2014. As far as a simpler version to be sold to the public, you’ll have to wait till 2015, but the pack doesn’t come cheap, so start saving. A personal jetpack should run you about $150,000-250,000 with a decrease over time.

For right now a manned pilot has gained approval to fly no more than 20 feet above land and 25 feet above water and only over uninhabited land.

photos via: Martin Jetpack

More in Gear

solar flare

NASA Released A Stunning 4K Video Of A Solar Flare

On April 17, a mid-level solar flare was released from an active region on the sun’s right side, resulting in short radio blackouts. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the event in several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light which are normally invisible to our eyes. However, NASA color-coded these SDO images…

error: