• Oct 1, 2013
While we don't quite yet live in an era of jetpack travel, we are inching closer and closer thanks to visionaries like the Martin Aircraft Company.

While we don't quite yet live in an era of jetpack travel, we are inching closer and closer thanks to visionaries like the Martin Aircraft Company.

Started by New Zealander Glenn Martin in his garage in the early 1980s, the Martin Aircraft Company has been developing the Martin Jetpack for over 30 years. To date, the company has yet to successfuly in bring a jetpack to the market, but that may change in the upcoming months with the recent release of their twelfth prototype, the P12.



Martin Aircraft's Peter Coker, who was appointed CEO earlier this year, has described the new prototype as a "huge step up," according to a press release on the company's site. "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 aircrafts maneuverability."

Though named a jetpack, ducted fans actually power the P12, which can hit speeds of 60 miles per hour and heights of 8,000 feet. If the P12 were to fail, a safety system would release a parachute to avoid a crash landing at heights above 500 feet. The P12 has a running time of 30 minutes and uses a mixture of premium gasoline and oil.



A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine powers the device, which puts out 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, yet only tips the scale at a minuscule 132 pounds.

The company seems ready to introduce the Martin Jetpack to buyers, with a projected production date of mid-2014, with an estimated cost of $150,000 to $200,000.

Even if that price doesn't scare you away, don't expect to get your hands on a Martin Jetpack any time soon. The first Martin Jetpacks produced will apparently only be used in first responder situations.

[Source: Martin Aircraft Company via Gizmag]

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      starla
      • 5 Days Ago
      A jet pack was demonstrated at the 1964 NY World's Fair. It was a working model. I remember the same machine was used in the classic sci-fi tv show, Lost in Space. That was the last I ever saw of it.
      Velocity105
      • 5 Days Ago
      So if the thing works why is the guy flying in circles 10' off the ground? Where's the test? Take it up to 1000' and do 50 mph for 20 minutes. WHO is going to pay $200K for an unproven device that only stays up 30 minutes and only does 60 mph? I could be a billionaire and still wouldn't buy one. 100 mph, flight time 6 hours and flight ceiling 10K feet and I'll think about it.
        rjackson2a
        • 5 Days Ago
        @Velocity105
        The same ones who buy electric cars
        geoedavis
        • 5 Days Ago
        @Velocity105
        If you were a billionaire, you would also require heating and airconditioning------------ and someone to serve you drinks during the flight.
      drakkusshadows
      • 5 Days Ago
      132 pounds!!! I think I'll wait for the compact version. I hear it should come out by 2088.
      johnstansfield3
      • 5 Days Ago
      A parachute will save you at heights above 500 feet. And if you happen to be at 400 feet when the tank goes dry?
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 5 Days Ago
      Unless a jet pack is portable they might as well make a jet car that can carry two people.
      ebneila
      • 5 Days Ago
      This is nothing but a re-configured helicopter. Only when the government releases controlled or vectored gravity technology, people will have to settle for these unremarkable methods. Unless you have far too much money and time on your hands to invest in this; "Be the first on your block to have one -- you would best settle for standard transport. An interesting article on this subject can be found here: http://rense.com/general66/humsan.htm
      Dude
      • 5 Days Ago
      All of the things people are on here saying are wrong with this machine are the EXACT same things people said about helicopters when they were invented. If this thing gets mass produced the price will drop by 90%.
      • 5 Days Ago
      The fan pack is super loud in the video. Imagine 5 or 10 of them flying in the same area?
      Dunlop Law Firm
      • 5 Days Ago
      A flying garbage can! And only $150,000.00! It's just another ultralight -- you know -- the things that idiots from California kill thmselves with all the time.
        occd37
        • 5 Days Ago
        @Dunlop Law Firm
        yeah like them doll-garn aero-planes and the auti-mobiles...and dont forget them useless tele-o-phones.
      Sekinu2
      • 5 Days Ago
      Its a fan pack not a jet pack huge difference here.
      hipcat442
      • 5 Days Ago
      Probably a better design but its a fan pack now. Not a jet pack. Looks like it is more maneuverable but sluggish. It appears to need to be lightened up. Guys assisting in the initial liftoff maybe due to ground turbulence. Cool but probably not ever usable for the general public even if the price came down 90%
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 5 Days Ago
      Why would you need to fly over 10,000 feet exposed to the elements? Do you know what it's like up there?
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