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2012-02-06 Science & Technology
The Martin Jetpack
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Posted by Besoeker 2012-02-06 09:36|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [342 views ]  Top

#1 very cool....ever since I saw James Bond fly one as a kid, I wanted one. Looks like this one uses ducted fan. I would have like some stats on flight time, range and lift capability...nice
Posted by Warthog 2012-02-06 12:04||   2012-02-06 12:04|| Front Page Top

#2 Call me a cynic; i have looed at that video a number of times and it sure looks like slicj CGI to me.
maybe when we see something that speaks about the FAA certification and such, but it looks too much like a pipe dream right now. its cool and all that, but doesn't pass my smell test/
Posted by USN, Ret. 2012-02-06 14:29||   2012-02-06 14:29|| Front Page Top

#3 I wonder how it'll perform under any sort of wind conditions.....
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-02-06 14:53||   2012-02-06 14:53|| Front Page Top

#4 Call me a cynic

It is CGI but there is real meat. Gotta work on the landing.

Martin Jetpack 5000ft flight - highlights

Sunday, May 29, 2011: Christchurch, New Zealand ‐ The future of Jetpack travel is a step closer after the latest record‐breaking test in the Martin Jetpack. The Jetpack shot into the sky over the Canterbury Plains at a climb rate of 800ft per minute, reaching an altitude of 5,000ft (previous record 100ft/min & 50ft altitude) before safely deploying the first ballistic jetpack parachute.

Captured on video by TVNZ’s SUNDAY programme, this incredible flight high above Pudding Hill in Canterbury, New Zealand is a major step towards commercial production of the world’s first practical Jetpack being developed by New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Company. “This successful test brings the future another step closer,” said the Jetpack’s Inventor, Glenn Martin.
Posted by Shimble Guelph5793 2012-02-06 15:49||   2012-02-06 15:49|| Front Page Top

#5 I still like fanwing technology better. The trouble is that the patents for centrifugal fan aircraft are owned by a British company more interested in toys than aircraft, who develop at a glacial pace.

It has better lift, simpler engine, is more stable, and quieter than a helicopter. A basic flying design would look much like a swamp boat with fans instead of pontoons, including a vertical fan for impulse.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-06 16:07||   2012-02-06 16:07|| Front Page Top

#6 Make a version with wings that pop out like Buzz Lightyear and it will be able to go a lot faster.
Posted by gorb 2012-02-06 20:14||   2012-02-06 20:14|| Front Page Top

#7 Where do you put the twin .30's?
Posted by Skidmark 2012-02-06 23:23||   2012-02-06 23:23|| Front Page Top

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