Jetpacks + dummy tests = seven minutes in heaven (w/ video)

April 6, 2011 by Katie Gatto, Phys.org weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- The jetpack has been a staple of the science fiction lovers dreams since before the early days of space travel. The idea that one can get from place to place with a big rocket strapped to your back has appealed to the human sense of possibility. It is a kind of freedom that, as yet, humans have been unable to enjoy. Sure, hopping on a jet plane may get you there, once you have endured the long lines and the potentially invasive customs check, but strapping of a jet pack is much, much cooler.

The idea of a jetpack is not new, but what about its implementation? As it turns out, that is not so new either. In 2008 researchers at Martin Jetpack created a prototype of their very own jetpack. Though, the pack is much bigger than you would picture. Instead of two neat cylinders strapped to your back, and held on by a seat belt style of device, this is actually much larger than the person who flies it. It looks almost like a lunar landing pod.

Much more recently, this week in fact, the pack got its first real test. The remote controlled jetpack was spotted flying around with a dummy for a few minutes. The dummy, which has been weighted to simulate the weight distribution of a , was air born for seven minutes. While this may not sound like a long flight, it is the current record for this pack.

Jetpacks + dummy tests = seven minutes in heaven (w/ video)

This pack is still in its early stages of testing and no information about a release date have been announced at this time, so jetpack fans will have to wait a little bit longer.

Explore further: Company to sell 'world's first practical jetpack' for $75,000 (w/ Video)

More information: martinjetpack.com/

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1 / 5 (3) Apr 06, 2011
Be SURE to give it to military units deployed OVER SEAS.
Otherwise, we would end up with 'Drive-by Jetpackings' among our civil and educated civilian populations!
El_Nose
5 / 5 (1) Apr 06, 2011
nice fly by wire technology -- but did you see the displacement of the grass by that pack -- wow -- must be using some serious thrust.
VOR
1 / 5 (1) Apr 06, 2011
needs folding wings and thrust vectoring for practical speed and range!
blengi
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 07, 2011
needs folding wings and thrust vectoring for practical speed and range!


true, and ejector mechanism lol -
http://lh3.ggpht....ctor.gif

Wonder why it took so long to implement remote crontrolled version with dummy, surely that was a self evident option from day one?
harryhill
not rated yet Apr 07, 2011
Lovely...more noise.
Another potential 'thing' for the Military/Industrial complex to spend OUR money. Add that to the B1-B2-B52 Tanks--Carriers etc etc

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