Martin Jetpack Test Flight Video: Jetpack Travel Becoming Closer to Reality?

by Chris Anderson Subscribe to Chris Anderson's posts Posted May 31st 2011 09:03 AM

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According to Martin Aircraft Company's
Glenn Martin, "no other jetpack has flown higher than 150 feet" and "no one has ever fired a parachute from a jetpack."

The jetpack was fitted with a test dummy for the flight and luckily so as it had a bit of a rough landing. Even with the heavy landing, Martin says a pilot would have walked away from it.

Martin has spent at least $12 million dollars over 30 years of research and development on the jetpack that he hopes will change the way we all travel. When available for commercial sale, the Martin Jetpack is expected to sell for around $100,000.

The next step in the flight test process will be to strap a human into the jetpack for a flight. Any volunteers?




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Robert

For many years I have been asking myself if 20 of these jetpacks could have been useful for rescuers on a day like 9/11. Could these machines be modified as to support the weight of two people? ...Just saying....

September 03 2011 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert

Nice !

September 03 2011 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JohnB

Excellent work from those clever New Zealanders.

Another major pioneering aviation milestone from the home of the first powered aeroplane flight.

Of course, those who are interested in the history of flight will recall New Zealand dairy farmer Richard Pearse being the first, well before the Wright brothers in the USA.

June 03 2011 at 4:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jblack

After his heroic first flight, the Dummy Test Pilot was greeted on the ground by a blond mannequin from Macy's, whom he dined with and bedded later that evening.

June 01 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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miss10asee

Hilarious!

June 02 2011 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BrodieKing

I smell rooftop burglaries on the rise...

May 31 2011 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheLevenator

how fuel efficient is ths

May 31 2011 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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plumber1227

it sounded like a weed eater motor. not much fuel to run those. i think ill go for the rechargeable one. shouldnt take but a solar power recharger for a battery that size. and a back up of course

May 31 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheLevenator

note: the audio for this video begins at the begining and not at :23 seconds in. xD

May 31 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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chranderson2011

Ah ok, must have just been my system then! Cheers, Chris

May 31 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plumber1227

one police station for each state. one fire dept. response times are now only a couple min as opposed to 20 to 30. police can stop that shooting before it happens do to response times. rescue team will pluck that victim out of the water or off that roof top in two min. i will elevate to 8000 feet and descend at work in ten minutes flat. dang another earth quake? ill meet you at 1000 feet and we will simply weight it out. tsunami smomombi give us two minutes and were out of here. domestic airlines are a thing of the past that we now laugh about. this is fun feel free to jump in here. this will change our lives as we know it. vacations just became extended by two three days each as travel time is no longer a factor. domestic carrier services are a joke of the past therefor much cheaper. no thanks ill drop it off on my way home = same day service. working times are increased as driving time is no longer therefor your pay is increased. i can see myself climbing into a bubble with four motors and loading my groceries into the trunk and on a nice day folding the top back on this convertible. you want change? here it is. get in

May 31 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jb

That's some heavy equipment for a person to endure at re-entry impact. Equipment can also be damaged upon impact. What a way to spend $100,000.00. Anybody wants to ride.

May 31 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cfergu6988

I think its great ready to fly now is the silmulator built yet?

May 31 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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