Martin Jetpack Flies to New Heights (video)
The Martin Jetpack team is at it again. In April they succeeded with a 7 minutes flight high above the earth’s surface and now, just a few days ago, they’ve taken the hover device to new heights, literally. They flew it to an altitude of 5000 feet and then brought it down to the ground using an off the shelf ballistic parachute. Much like the previous test the team used a dummy, appropriately named Jetson, and controlled the aircraft from the ground using a radio controlled remote. The jetpack ascended initially at 4m/s (800ft/min) and the climb took about 6 minutes. The aircraft experienced some damage during landing, but the good news, and the point of the test, is that the pilot would have walked away from the crash.
Expect the Martin Jetpack to go on sale sometime in the next year or two for $100,000.