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Date: 05/12/09 06:16 AM

32 Responses to Martin Aircraft Jetpack Indoor Flight Test

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18830 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 6:43 am
    Link: Martin Aircraft Jetpack Indoor Flight Test - Looks like we`re getting closer to the personal jet pack, but... why is the pack getting bigger?
  2. Profile photo of Mah_Boi
    Mah_Boi Male 18-29
    606 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 6:48 am
    I HARDLY think this qualifies as a jetpack at this point. More like a hovermajigger you`re strapped to the front of.

    Still pretty cool, though.

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    JJXanadu Male 30-39
    516 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 6:53 am
    Just put a seat and a glass bubble on that thing and voila! Flying car.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 7:07 am
    the personal jetpack is a flying version of a segway, and the usefulness of the segway is about zero, they are wasting their time and money
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    MadhatterVTR Male 18-29
    198 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 7:23 am
    if its gasoline powered, I wouldn`t plan on tanking this on any extended trips...
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    Binary101 Male 13-17
    845 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 7:24 am
    its quite huge, why can`t they make it smaller and without the turbines?
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    Shaboobalah Male 18-29
    326 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 7:57 am
    Binary, right now the ducted fan is the smallest and most powerful method of providing thrust whilst keeping the unit light enough to get airborne and remain controllable and affordable. Some guy has something closer to a true jetpack (the US Army auctioned it off after they scrapped their jetpack project), but it`s propelled by solid rocket fuel and prohibitively expensive to fly.
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    Phosphoreign Male 30-39
    308 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:11 am
    I have to agree with most of these comments... it isn`t exactly a "pack" now is it? If it sits on the ground, on its own, and you strap yourself into it... it is a craft... It`s cool, don`t get me wrong, but it just doesn`t quite do it for me!
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    godoffej Male 18-29
    18 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:26 am
    Functionality comes before miniaturization. When the technology is proven reliable and efficient, miniturization begins. Computers used to be the size of a two story building, I`m posting this from a machine that`s many times more powerful and just a fraction of the size.
    Your jetpack is coming, don`t worry.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:30 am
    If it works and it`s safe, it`s not too big. I`d rather be able to get around and land safely without injury. It`s not that small, but it`s not a car either. I`m sure they`ll get smaller but I would still use it at that size and it would still be freaking cool.
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    mac_n_cheese Male 13-17
    148 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:31 am
    its even got landing gear!!!
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    rainmaker3 Male 18-29
    34 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:43 am
    That`s not a jetpack! That is a jet airplane attached to a human!
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    RPossum Male 30-39
    1076 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:49 am
    You strap a segway to the bootom of that thing and you have a mobile flying machine.
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    SwissNipsUK Male 18-29
    763 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 9:08 am
    lol give "Martin" his craft back !
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    belunan Male 30-39
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    May 12, 2009 at 9:41 am
    If they really want to inspire confidence with this video, they should show some balls and make the guy fly it without a helmet.
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    vicious_liar Male 13-17
    1226 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 9:42 am
    SHIIIII-

    Okay I know I`ve already said this way to many times, but: I WANT ONE...NOW.

  17. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 9:55 am
    The amazing thing here is that this video is nearly 50 years old.

    In 1961 the Martin Company merged with American-Marietta Corporation to become Martin Marietta, so this video (film, actually) had to have been made before that.

    When you look at it in that light, it`s pretty damned cool.

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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
    2229 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 11:17 am
    didn`t the mythbuster guys try something like this?
  19. Profile photo of SuperSmash
    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 11:45 am
    Ollie, I think you may be wrong. A simple search for Martin Aircraft Jetpack should provide an answer.

    Anyway, I`m not sure I want to live in a world with jetpacks and flying cars. People can barely drive the stuff we have now.

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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 11:48 am
    Buying one takes a $10,000 deposit, followed by a $50,000 deposit. Then you have to pay the rest (unspecefied) to get it delivered. Plus, you have to pay for a 5-15 day training course. And probably delivery.
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    hyybrucewayn Male 18-29
    203 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    James Bond. Eat your heart out.
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    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    May 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    Ollie, with all due respect, you`re WAY off here.

    This video is NOT "nearly 50 years old". This video was made by the Martin Jetpack Company of New Zealand, which has no connection or affiliation with the Martin Company, Martin-Marietta, or Lockheed-Martin.

    The Martin Jetpack Company was not founded until 1998.

    Plus, color video cameras capable of producing the quality of video shown here, and on the companies website did not exist 50 years ago.

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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Buying one takes a $10,000 deposit, followed by a $50,000 deposit. Then you have to pay the rest (unspecefied) to get it delivered. Plus, you have to pay for a 5-15 day training course. And probably delivery.
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    Trumple07 Male 13-17
    422 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm
    Cool, but apparently fairly useless since they can only fly for short peroids of time....and also in the real world there is wind..which may cause a few problems.....I cant wait till these things start appearning :)
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    Cataclism0 Male 18-29
    212 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    ok its getting bigger cause this uses fans not jets, and at trumple07, 30 minutes of flight for a skinny person
  26. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    @osirisascend I stand corrected. They fooled me by making their video look like black and white film converted to video, and making a flying device that uses 50-year-old technology. Their logo also looks like something out an old Flash Gordon short, and they appropriated the name of a company that was in existance 50 years ago.

    Oh well, we can`t always be perfect. :-?

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    Largo4545 Male 13-17
    2 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    I saw this thing live at Oshkosh 2008. It was pretty cool. They couldn`t do a whole lot though for safety reasons, because of the massive crowd around it.
    I think the reason jetpacks have taken so long to develop is because they don`t really have much real application (aside from being really awesome).
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    They`re science fiction, always will be. You need FUEL to provide thrust, and you can`t carry enough of it to fly for more than a minute or two. The more fuel you add, the more weight, the more you need to lift you off.
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    MountainBord Female 18-29
    1894 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    UNLESS u make one run on AIR!!! WHAA HAHAAAAALLLOOOOWWEEOOOSaaaa..
    thats right i said it.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    Men In Black Suits start pounding on MountainBord`s door
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    hi2pi Male 30-39
    736 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm
    fun
  32. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3045 posts
    May 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm
    @ Ollie: When I saw the name Martin in the video, coupled with the fact that it`s not really a jet, but a ducted fan I thought the same thing that you did. Being the nosy S.O.B. that I am, I started looking for more info, and stumbled across the Martin "Jetpack" website.

    I`m guessing it won`t be long before Martin-Marietta sues them for "stealing" their name, or even tries to claim that the technology was stolen from them...

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