Jetpacks to be Tested for Emergency Rescue Service

Until now the stuff of sci-fi, jetpacks came a step closer to being used in the real world with a new deal announced between a leading tech company and a pioneering jetpack manufacturer. . . Avwatch Inc. have inked a $1 million deal with New Zealand-based jetpack-maker Martin Aircraft Co. for the purchase of three gas-powered, 380-pound jetpacks. Martin Aircraft Co. have been working on the Jetsons style jetpacks since the early 1980s. They can fly up to 3,000 feet, at about 50 miles per hour, with the ability to carry up to 250 pounds.The jetpack could retail for a base cost of $200,000 and will be flown by professional pilots. Following the announcement they will be tested over a six month period by the Plymouth Massachusetts based tech company for their rescue and public services potential, with the aim of integrating its aerial reconnaissance and airborne technology into the jetpacks. They should arrive by Fall 2015 and are part of Avwatch's eventual goal to help commercialise jetpacks for U.S. military and first-responder use by late 2016. Several locations around Massachusetts will host sites for jetpack testing, including Plymouth and Cape Cod's drone test site. While still in their early stages, the possibility that the technology could conceivably bypass traffic congestion and perform a role as an eye in the sky information relaying operation is a great motivational factor in, both, Avwatch Inc and Martin Aircraft's persuit of the revolutionary mode of single person transport. Avwatch founder and president Chris Kluckhuhn, a former U.S. Coast Guard rescue pilot who founded the real-time situational awareness technology company in 2008, has pointed towards the example of the World Trade Center buildings during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He said in an interview: "Any of us that saw people jumping out of those windows would have done anything to have a capability that could go up and rescue them. "The jetpack is similar and differentiates itself from a at Worldwide - - Friday 28th November 2014 (10 Pictures)


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