Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Martin Jetpack test flight - 5,000 feet

"To demonstrate flight high above the ground and the concept of the ballistic parachute as an emergency safety system, the Martin Jetpack was flown to around 1500m (5000ft), brought down from this height and an off-the-shelf ballistic parachute was deployed.The aircraft was flown by James via radio control in a chasing helicopter - also demonstrating the ability of the technology to apply to UAV applications. Jetson, Martin Aircraft Company's weighted dummy was on board, and the parachute was placed out front for visibility and weight balancing.The video features inventor Glenn Martin and RC pilot James Bowker. The jetpack ascended initially at 4m/s (800ft/min) and the climb took about 6 minutes. The parachute was deployed at around 3000ft above ground level. The aircraft sustained some damage on impact, but we would expect that it is likely a pilot would have walked away from this emergency landing. The total flight was just under 10 minutes."

Get back to me when you make a rocket pack.


Todd said...

While I find the idea of a jetpack interesting, I don't think of this as a jetpack. I would say that one of the defining qualities of a jetpack is portability. This is more of a personal flying machine and I think that there are better configurations for those.

On the other hand, I guess this is the motorcycle of personal flying machines. Not very practical or safe but good for feeling the wind in your face.

R2K said...

I doubt that a small jet pack of the style you describe will be possible any time soon. The amount of energy needed for a long flight is just too high. I agree that the size of this machine makes it more of a very portable aircraft rather than a pack that one can wear and walk around with. Probably the closest to date is the hydrogen peroxide rocket pack, but that was only able to hop for a few seconds at a time.