The latest version of the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first commercial jetpack, was unveiled at the Kuang-Chi International Innovators Conference in Shenzhen, People’s Daily reports. The jetpacks are expected to be available as soon as next year, starting at 150,000 USD.
The technology was presented on July 20 by Liu Ruopeng, Board Chairman of research company Kuang-Chi Science, marking the first time the jetpacks have been introduced to the Chinese market.
Kuang-Chi Science has been working with New Zealand innovators Martin Jetpack Company since 2014. Liu had immediately shown great interest in the project and helped redevelop the jetpack using a lighter material. The firms hope to catch the eyes of Chinese investors, and are selling the technology as an alternative to traditional modes of transportation.
The Manufacturer explains a bit about the technology:
Powered by a 200hp V4 petrol engine that drives two fans (rather than rockets), the latest iteration 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.
Named as one of Time magazine’s Top 50 inventions for 2010, the Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack, and 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.
The Martin Jetpack, which has been under development since 2005, is expected to be available to the emergency services industry by next year, while private models can be purchased by 2017.
By Maggie Wong