First Responders, You Can Buy That JetPack You’ve Always Wanted Next Year

The world's "first practical jetpack" is expected to launch in 2014.

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It doesn’t look much like a jetpack, does it? More like some far flung future mini-jet plane, the rounded nose pointed skyward, twin turbine-like 200hp engines strapped to either side, and you secured below, hanging out like the payload. It’s relatively small (and thus easy to deploy if you need to get in and out of small spaces), has an auto-hover feature, and includes both flotation capabilities and a ballistic recovery parachute that auto-deploys if the engines go kaput. It’ll probably cruise at 35 m.p.h. (with a top speed around 45 m.p.h.) and be able to travel a little under 20 miles (or 30 minutes) a shot.

Meet the P12. That’s what New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft calls it, probably because it’s the 12th prototype of something the company refers to on its website as “the first practical jetpack.” It sports a custom gas-powered engine and twin-ducted fans able to lift it and its human cargo up, up and away. There’s also an unmanned version the company says “will lift more than most vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles,” which is perhaps another way of saying “heavy-lift drone.”

Practical, yes. Personal? Eventually. While Martin Aircraft says it began development of the jetpack with leisure use in mind (and an estimated price tag of $100,000 — sorry, most people on the planet), commercial demand was strong enough that the company is now looking to sell this thing out the door to emergency first responders, say firefighters, reports Aviation Week (via KurzweilAI). The list could grow to include civil defense operations like counter-terrorism, border patrol and delivery of medical supplies, or military ones like mobile surveillance, communications relaying and rapid insertion maneuvers. If you want to take one for a spin, Martin Aircraft says it’s pitching the backpack to recreational buyers as well, say companies that might offer jetpack excursions or tours.

Commercial availability? Look for the P12 (or whatever it winds up being called) in 2014.

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Robinson.W.Marte.R
Robinson.W.Marte.R

Con las ciencias y con los recursos suficientes se llega hasta la Luna, pero pienso que la Civilización Occidental ya debe ser regulada de alguna manera en su capacidad de poner en manos de egoístas, vanidosos e indolentes ricos irresponsables cualquier invento solo por su capacidad de compra y de hacer lo que le venga en ganas y este es un ejemplo evidente de lo que es un despropósito tecnológico; porque está bien que la investigación tecnológica experimente con todo tipo de dispositivo y de manera segura cada vez nos acerquemos al mundo de la Ciencia Ficción en el cual los autos voladores y los transportes ingrávidos surcan los cielos como en el planeta ciudad de Star War, pero aquí vemos este armatoste que será vendido a partir del 2014 ¡con esta tecnología aquí vista!, en el video, ¡a 100,000 mil dólares!, ¡no!, ¡no!, que un apestoso, vanidoso e indolente rico se nos aparezca con este horrible ruido a nuestro barrio, o a nuestro campo, o nos cruce por encima de nuestras casas, o vaya a la playa, a la montaña, ¡no, no, no y no! ¡Esta monstruosidad no puede ser, solo porque los C.E.O. irresponsables y desalmados de cualquier empresa tecnológica hagan lo que les vengan en ganas para sacarles dinero a los asquerosos indolentes ricos!, ¡no!

Ya está bueno con la irracionalidad de la aviación y el cruce sobre ciudades de sus aparatos, cosa que nunca se debió permitir, porque no existe ninguna razón "razonable" :-) para que ninguna aeronave actual vuele por los cielos de ninguna ciudad dado el riesgo de que les caigan esos artefactos en la cabeza a la gente, y como desafortunadamente ha pasado, verbigracia: "The Aviator", que es un buen ejemplo cinematográfico de cómo un irresponsable podía volar con una aeronave experimental sobre una ciudad densamente poblada, pero que en la vida real se cuentan por decenas los casos de aparatos aéreos que ha ido a cenar de mala manera a la casa de gente indefensa y que ha muerto en el acto, y además ahora tendremos a un maldito y asqueroso rico vanidoso indolente con su infernal ruido de reactores también llegando al Mall los sábados en la mañana, ¡no, no y no! ¡Eso sería una funesta monstruosidad de esta civilización del egoísmo, la vanidad y el individualismo irresponsable! ¡Un maldito, contaminante y asqueroso rico indolente vanidoso que da 100,000 dólares para "deportivamente" explotarle los oídos a la gente en cualquier parque con sus reactores a todo lo que da eso ningún Estado debe permitirlo!

O.K., yo entiendo que los distinguidos C.E.O.s de las empresas capitalistas de esta Civilización de la vanidad y el despilfarro hacen lo que les venga en ganas sin importar los daños ni a quién ni qué se agrede o malogra, como los siniestros C.E.Os de la siniestra Corporation Umbrela de "Resident Evil", pero ya está basta que los Estados sigan ciegos ante tan funestas agresiones a todo en este mundo. ¡Ya está bueno de que un maldito rico indolente y vanidoso nos haga un ruido infernal con sus grandes motocicletas sin mufles, o sus Four Wheels demoníacamente ruidosos, para que ahora tengamos que soportar el sábado en la maña en el Mall a tan desagradable personaje, el maldito indolente rico, que se nos aparque al lado con dos rectores súper ruidosos como los que muestra este video en esta página de esta revista TIME!

¡Wow, qué funestos avances tecnológicos nos encara el futuro: más ruido, más ruido, más ruido! ¡Sin contar con las víctimas aplastadas por un apestoso rico drogado hasta más no poder con cocaína o con la otra droga más funesta: el alcohol, "volando" con estas latas ruidosas!  

Robinson.W.Marte.R
Robinson.W.Marte.R

With science and sufficient resources will get to the Moon , but I think Western Civilization and should be regulated in some way in your ability to put in the hands of selfish , vain and indolent rich irresponsible any invention only by their purchasing and to do what he pleases win and this is a clear example of what a technological nonsense , because it's okay to experiment with technology research all types of devices and securely every time we approach the world of Science Fiction in which flying cars and transport weightless grace the skies and in the city planet of Star Wars, but here we see the hulk to be sold in 2014 with this technology here view ! , in the video,to 100,000 thousand dollars! ,no,no, that stinking , vain and indolent rich appears to us with this horrible noise in our neighborhood , or our country , or we cross over our houses, or go to the beach, the mountain ,no, no , no and no ! This monstrosity can not be, just because the CEO irresponsible and heartless of any technology company to do what they wanted to come in to take money from the rich sluggish disgusting ! ,no!

Enough is with the irrationality of aviation and crossing over cities of the devices , which never should have been allowed because there is no reason "reasonable " :-) so that no current aircraft take to the skies in any given city risk that these devices will fall on people's heads , and as unfortunately happened , for instance : "The Aviator " , which is a good example film of how an irresponsible could fly with an experimental aircraft on a densely populated city , but that in real life are dozens of aerial apparatus cases has gone to dinner in a bad way to house and defenseless people who died on the spot, and now, we will have a filthy rich conceited damn lazy with your reactors infernal noise also coming to the Mall on Saturday morning ,no, no and no! That would be a disastrous monstrosity of this civilization of selfishness , vanity and individualism irresponsible! A bloody , filthy rich polluting and indolent vain that gives 100,000 to " sporting " ears explode people in any park with its reactors to everything that gives that no state should be allowed!

OK , I understand that the distinguished CEOs of capitalist enterprises of the Civilization of vanity and wastefulness do whatever they want to win no matter the damage or who or what is attacked or breaks down, as the sinister sinister CEOs Umbrela Corporation "Resident Evil" , but it is enough that the States continue blind to such devastating attacks to everything in this world. It is good that a rich damn lazy and vain we make a terrible noise with their big motorcycles without mufles , or its Four Wheels demonically loud , so that now we have to endure on Saturday in the banter on the Mall to unpleasant character , indolent damn rich that we park next to two guiding super noisy as shown in this video on this page of the magazine TIME!

Wow , what technological advances we baleful faces the future : more noise , more noise , more noise ! Not to mention the victims crushed by a stinking rich till you drugged with cocaine or other drugs more deadly : alcohol, "flying " with these cans noisy ! (Translate from Spanish by Google)