Martin Jetpack (Flying video)
The Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack. It consists of a purpose-built gasoline engine driving twin ducted fans which produce sufficient thrust to lift the aircraft and a pilot in vertical takeoff and landing, enabling sustained flight.
The Martin Jetpack is creating a new segment in the aviation and recreational vehicle markets. Initially designed with the leisure market in mind, commercial demand for the Martin Jetpack has seen the research and development programme focus on readying the product for use in a number of sectors including emergency response, defence and recreation, with numerous applications in each sector.
Two versions of the Martin Jetpack are in the final stages of development. An unmanned remote-controlled (UAV) version is well advanced in its development, with field trials expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011. The UAV field trials will significantly improve the capabilities of the Martin Jetpack for both manned and unmanned flight.