Martin Aircraft Jetpack Indoor Flight Test

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago Science

Looks like we"re getting closer to the personal jet pack, but... why is the pack getting bigger?
There are 32 comments:
Male 3,057
@ 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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Male 736
fun
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Male 8,302
[quote]Men In Black Suits start pounding on MountainBord`s door[/quote]
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Female 1,894
UNLESS u make one run on AIR!!! WHAA HAHAAAAALLLOOOOWWEEOOOSaaaa..
thats right i said it.
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Male 8,302
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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Male 2
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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Male 15,832
@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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Male 212
ok its getting bigger cause this uses fans not jets, and at trumple07, 30 minutes of flight for a skinny person
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Male 422
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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Male 3,756
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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Male 3,057
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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Male 203
James Bond. Eat your heart out.
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Male 3,756
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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Male 3,756
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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Male 2,229
didn`t the mythbuster guys try something like this?
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Male 15,832
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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Male 1,226
SHIIIII-

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

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Male 1,505
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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Male 762
lol give "Martin" his craft back !
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Male 1,122
You strap a segway to the bootom of that thing and you have a mobile flying machine.
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Male 34
That`s not a jetpack! That is a jet airplane attached to a human!
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Male 148
its even got landing gear!!!
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Male 11,740
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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Male 18
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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Male 308
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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Male 326
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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Male 845
its quite huge, why can`t they make it smaller and without the turbines?
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Male 198
if its gasoline powered, I wouldn`t plan on tanking this on any extended trips...
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Male 2,855
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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Male 516
Just put a seat and a glass bubble on that thing and voila! Flying car.
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Male 606
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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Male 19,876
Link: Martin Aircraft Jetpack Indoor Flight Test [Rate Link] - Looks like we`re getting closer to the personal jet pack, but... why is the pack getting bigger?
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