Martin Jetpack Reaches 5,000 Feet in Latest Test Flight
June 2, 2011 —Martin Aircraft Company, maker of the Martin Jetpack, announced a record-breaking test flight that occurred May 21 in New Zealand, where the prototype unit rose to an altitude of 5,000 feet MSL, remote-controlled, using a weighted dummy to simulate a pilot’s weight. The jetpack lifted into the sky at a climb rate of 800 feet per minute, eclipsing the previous best rate of 100 feet per minute, then deployed its ballistic jetpack parachute and floated to the ground. At nine minutes, 46 seconds, it was the longest flight so far. Click here to see a report about the flight from TVNZ’s Sunday program.
The Christchurch-based company, which debuted the jetpack three years ago at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, called the flight a major step toward commercial production of the world’s first practical jetpack. “This successful test brings the future another step closer,” inventor Glenn Martin said.
The flight is part of an intensive flight-testing period as the company prepares to make first deliveries of both manned and unmanned versions to key customers within the next 18 months. First customers are expected to be in the military and emergency response sectors around the world.
Martin claims the jetpack has the ability to fly for half an hour or more, climb more than 1,000 feet per minute, and cruise at 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph).