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Inventor of Martin Jetpack Makes 5,000ft Flight [VIDEO]

Most realistically seen as fun for the uber-rich, jetpacks are sometimes used by fire-fighters, search-and-rescue, border security teams and more to help them do their jobs better. But, up until recently, they’ve been too expensive for widespread use.

Until now. Enter: The Martin Jet Pack.

Invented by Glenn Martin and RC pilot James Bowker, the Martin jetpack is radio controlled (Bowker is in the helicopter you see in the video–the human figure you see on the front of the jetpack is actually a test dummy) and can ascend at 4m/s (800ft/min)  in about 6 minutes.

Pretty impressive numbers.

The purpose of this specific flight was to test an emergency safety system with regards to off-the-shelf parachute deployment. The parachute was placed at the front of the jetpack for visibility, as well as to act as a weight balance.

When the aircraft takes a dive, you can see it sustained some damaged on impact, but the most important thing of note? The inventor notes, “we would expect that it is likely a pilot would have walked away from this emergency landing.”

The flight for this particular jetpack launch was right under 10 minutes. Definitely a visually appealing test stunt. I want a jetpack now.

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