New Zealand-Made Jetpacks Get Ready For Public Demonstration

I don't think anyone could have predicted that the jetpack revolution would originate in New Zealand yet, here we are. The Christchurch-based Martin Aircraft Company (yes, the same guys who are outfitting firefighters in Dubai with their hardware) is preparing a public demo of its jetpack next month in China and has kindly filmed its contraption in action for our benefit.

What you're seeing here is the company's P12 jetpack soaring through the skies -- though admittedly not that far up. While the dude in the clip doesn't take the 320kg (fully loaded) device into the stratosphere, it can get up to 3000 feet (914m) and cruise around for 30 minutes on 45L of regular petrol.

In that time the 150kW engines will take you a good 30-50km, depending on if you're going all out (74km/h) or just enjoying the views (56km/h).

I still think it'll be some time before we're all zipping through the air. As Mitchell and Webb once demonstrated in skit form, you can't just start selling jetpacks and expect everyone not to kill themselves.




    What an amazing piece of engineering! I hope it comes with an optional ballistic parachute... love to try it out

      Pretty sure it comes with an emergency chute - you can see its deployment on youtube

    It's not a jetpack. It doesn't use jets.

      Pedantry never gets old.

        It's not a pack either, stop being a jerk.

    I agree with usebuy - I'd love to try it out.
    I agree with smokey61 - it is not a jet.
    I agree with poita - they can call it what ever the heck they want to.
    My contribution: why only 2 fans when quadcopter designs seem to be more stable and (I'm only guessing) safer if 1 goes out?

      Just imagine it being twice the size of that with 2 extra fans, it will be massive and the jet(I can call it what I want) fuel will run out in half the time.

        I take your point but what if each of the 4 fans was proportionately reduced so as to keep the weight and fuel consumption roughly the same?
        I'm guessing that it won't work out exactly that way since there must be some extra loss from the inherit inefficiencies in any device.
        p.s. An actual engineer might be able to work all this out but I'm just making wild guesses.

      no. not really, twice the fans, twice the risk of failure, and a quadcopter without (some) reconfigurable adaptive control system(s) isn't redundant.

      Ballistic Parachute is the only safety accessory needed (and enough height for it to deploy, ok, and a floatation device if over water).

        I'm no fancy engineer but I'm pretty sure having 4 wheels on a car does not in real life equate to twice the risk of a wheel falling off compared to, say, a motorbike. I'm not even sure if statistically the risk goes up but then again I'm no fancy statistician.

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