The Future is Almost Here, If Money is no Object
Jetpacks are about to go on sale, so curmudgeons of the world can at last retire their canard that we are not living in the promised future. The New Zealand-made Martin Jetpack first flew in public in 2008, and earlier this past winter opened for public trading for the first time. Now, rich daredevils and the rescue crews tasked with finding them can both expect to buy the jetpacks when they go on sale in the second half of 2016.
There’s one hitch: the Martin Jetpack isn’t precisely a jetpack. Instead, it belongs to the “ducted fan” family of vehicles, which include some modern and past experimental hoverbikes, as well as some drones. So it’s not jets, exactly, but it is still an actual flying machine worn on a person’s back that hurtles them into the air.
Smaller than a helicopter and larger than a drone the jetpack can, according to its creators, fill niche roles, like rescuing surfers or inspecting pipelines. It’s also aimed at the recreational market, for rich thrill-seekers. The jetpack is expected to retail between $150,000 and $200,000, or about the median home price in the United States in 2014. Who needs a house when you can make your home in the sky with your actual working jetpack?
The “Jetman” Model
This video about Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet became very popular as they explore the limits in the city of dreams Dubai.
“The real dream is to be completely free”
A professional pilot, Yves Rossy sought to move out of the cockpit in the continuous pursuit of flight through innovation and ingenuity to achieve mankind’s dream of engine-powered flight for humans. Drawn initially to the world of free fall, he experimented with ways to increase his flight time and enhance his ability to select his trajectory, which introduced him to sky surfing and wingsuiting.
Still not satisfied, he developed his first real wing comprising a rigid harness integrated into inflatable wing panels that he strapped to his back. The next step was towards maintaining and gaining altitude by improving efficiency with a rigid wing and adding propulsion.
Yves chose to go with model jet turbines, at first two of them, allowing him to maintain level flight in 2004, and then four engines in 2006. Till now, Yves Rossy has conducted winged flights over the Swiss Alps, the English Channel, the Grand Canyon and other iconic locations.
Vince Reffet is a well-known name in the world of skydiving and comes from a family of skydivers. He has achieved extraordinary, gravity-defying feats including a record-breaking BASE0jump from the world’s tallest building – Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – as well as a jump from 10,000 metres over Mont Blanc in France.
Vince Reffet has been trained and mentored by Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy since 2009.
A native of France, the 30 year old Vince Reffet joined his country’s national Freefly team in 2002. In 2004, he was crowned as the Freefly World Champion. He won gold medals at the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 World Championships.
Over the years, he has developed into an athlete with a focus on BASE-jumping, canopy piloting, indoor skydiving, wingsuit flying and speed riding.
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