Martin Jetpack may fulfil emergency services requirement

After more than 3 decades in the making, the latest version of the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first commercial jetpack, will be available next year from $150,000 (£95,000).

Powered by a 200hp V4 petrol engine that drives two fans (rather than rockets), the latest iteration of the Martin Jetpack can fly for 30 minutes at speeds of up to 74km/h.

Pilots will be able to reach altitudes of 1,000m taking off and landing vertically, meaning rooftops, gardens and parking lots are all viable launchpads.

The company perceives that its invention won’t just be for thrill seekers but will have potential search and rescue, military and commercial applications, both manned and unmanned.

“I think the first responders will see that as a massive improvement to their capability,” Peter Coker, chief executive of Martin Aircraft told Reuters. “Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time [is crucial].”

Read the full article here.