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Martin Aircraft Jetpack Indoor Flight Test

Hits: 7383 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: Science | Added by: fancylad
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osirisascend
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 3029 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:51:45 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...


hi2pi
Male, 30-39, Canada
 738 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:30:18 PM
fun

Lionhart2
Male, 40-49, Australia
 8285 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:14:43 PM
Men In Black Suits start pounding on MountainBord's door

MountainBord
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 1898 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:06:00 PM
UNLESS u make one run on AIR!!! WHAA HAHAAAAALLLOOOOWWEEOOOSaaaa..
thats right i said it.

Lionhart2
Male, 40-49, Australia
 8285 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:55:03 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.

Largo4545
Male, 13-17, Western US
 2 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:02:28 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).

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14799 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 5:25:01 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.


Cataclism0
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 212 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:47:24 PM
ok its getting bigger cause this uses fans not jets, and at trumple07, 30 minutes of flight for a skinny person

Trumple07
Male, 13-17, Europe
 425 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:36:45 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 :)

SuperSmash
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 3770 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:07:03 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.

osirisascend
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 3029 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:25:44 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.


hyybrucewayn
Male, 18-29, Western US
 203 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:23:57 PM
James Bond. Eat your heart out.

SuperSmash
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 3770 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:48:45 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.

SuperSmash
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 3770 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:45:21 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.


BrimstoneOne
Male, 30-39, Canada
 2239 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:17:31 AM
didn't the mythbuster guys try something like this?

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14799 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:55:58 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.


vicious_liar
Male, 13-17, Europe
 1229 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:42:26 AM
SHIIIII-

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


belunan
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1511 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:41:05 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.

SwissNipsUK
Male, 18-29, Europe
 770 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:08:04 AM
lol give "Martin" his craft back !

RPossum
Male, 30-39, Canada
 940 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:49:24 AM
You strap a segway to the bootom of that thing and you have a mobile flying machine.

rainmaker3
Male, 18-29, Europe
 34 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:43:35 AM
That's not a jetpack! That is a jet airplane attached to a human!

mac_n_cheese
Male, 13-17, Europe
 148 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:31:52 AM
its even got landing gear!!!

freddyferret
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11734 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:30:55 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.

godoffej
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 18 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:26:22 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.

Phosphoreign
Male, 30-39, Western US
 297 Posts
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:11:03 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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