Yahoo! The moment we have ALL been waiting for is finally here, a Shenzhen company has introduced the world’s first commercially available JETPACK!
The Martin jetpack, produced by KuangChi Science Ltd., has a price tag of 2 million RMB ($308,640), according to a report by China Daily. That’s about 1,000 bowls of Taiwan’s finest beef noodle soup. It’s a decent chunk of change, but a small price to pay for the miracle of flight.
The Shenzhen tech company has already received 200 orders from all around the world, including a small fleet of 30 jetpacks set to make their way to Dubai where a rescue team will take advantage of their maneuverability in a city of high-rises. (That is so cool!)
Despite being the first of its kind, the jetpack’s performance stats are impressive. It can attain maximum speeds of 80 km per hour and is able to lift 120 kilograms. The Martin jetpack also has a flight duration of 45 minutes, plenty of time to save a person’s life or chase some birds.
KuangChi CEO Zhang Yangyang praised the city of Shenzhen and its investment in technological development and research for making this all possible. The tech-startup was established by five foreign-educated students drawn back to China by Shenzhen’s Peacock Plan, an initiative driven by the city’s municipal government to attract talent to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.
Companies, like Kuangchi Science, who meet the plan’s qualifications enjoy several forms of support including residence and immigration assistance and municipal investment between 800,000 and 1.5 million yuan. Since 2011, the city’s lured in 64 teams to the city. KuangChi is set to payback this proactive approach when they move the entire production process to China from New Zealand, where the majority of production is currently based.
New tech is rolling out every day all around China, from shitty Daleks in Chongqing to high-tech trash cans in Hangzhou. But unlike those, this thing actually looks awesome. Check it out in action below:
WE WANT ONE NOW!
By Matthew Patel
[Images via KuangChi Science // Video via Xinhua]