A new way to travel? An aircraft manufacturer in New Zealand has received government certification for manned flight of a jetpack prototype, bringing it one step closer to commercialization.
Anticipated uses include emergency response, airborne inspection, security, defence, and agriculture.
Martin Aircraft Company of New Zealand has made improvements to the design of its prototype for a jetpack.
"Changing the position of the jetpack's ducts has resulted in a quantum leap in performance over the previous prototype, especially in terms of the aircraft's maneuverability," says Peter Coker, CEO, Martin Aircraft Company.
"We have full certification from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for manned flight and have made great progress in recent months in increasing the flight time of the aircraft.”
Established in 2004, the Martin Aircraft Company plans to market jetpacks to commercial users in a variety of sectors.
"The jetpack continues to attract interest from potential customers and investors worldwide," Peter says. "We are focussing initially on developing the jetpack for use as a first responder vehicle and heavy lift unmanned air vehicle.”