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Welcome to the Martin Jetpack blog. We have made a New (financial) Year resolution to start regular blogs to keep you up to date on what we are up to. We hope you find them interesting and informative.

The R+D team

Friday, September 6, 2013:

Progress update on P12

We have had a huge amount of international interest from media, potential investors, purchasers and distributors since we released images of our new prototype P12.

So where are we at with the P12 jetpack now?

We have flown the P12 manned to prove the capability and we are now back into a remote flying phase as we expand the flight envelope to Technical Product Specification 1.   Manned test flights will take place again later in the year as part of the full test schedule.  Previous prototypes have flown manned so this is not a big step for us although the performance of P12 is considerably greater than any other prototype and it will be the basis for our pre-production model.

We have received authorisation from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for us to conduct manned flight tests on P12 with the jetpack currently being classified as a Class 1 microlight aircraft.

As part of our testing programme we are making some modifications to the jetpack’s V4 engine. We are currently developing the engine to extend the Time Between Overhaul (TBO).  This development work is focusing on the bottom end of the engine and improving the crankshaft design, including going to a single piece crank.  There are also other areas where we are looking to make small improvements, which will make the engine more durable and decrease the maintenance requirements.  We hope to have the engine fitted to P12 by the end of the year.

 

Monday, April 15, 2013:

Martin Jetpack has a new CEO, check out the news page for details....

http://martinjetpack.com/news/technology-breakthroughs-attract-top-aviator-to-head-martin-jetpack-company

 

Sunday, March 3, 2013:

From Middle Earth to the Middle East...

The Martin Jetpack made it's Middle East 'debut' last week - and whilst we didn't take to the skies, we fueled the imagination and piqued the interest of some of the region's most powerful and influential business, government and military leaders.

We demonstrated the Jetpack simulator and the P11 static display at IDEX, an international defence expo (covering land, sea and air) held every 2 years in Abu Dhabi. Visitors to the Martin Jetpack display included Sheik Mohammad bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - ruler of Dubai and supreme commander of the UAE forces (and also famous worldwide for his constructions of Palm island, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, the highest building); members of the Royal family; and various Defence Force representatives from around the world.

The event was also attended by major world companies such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing and BAE systems UK and the Martin Aircraft team  opened discussions with many significant companies during the five days of IDEX. Plus, in our 'spare time' we fielded dozens of media inquiries, appeared on China TV News and graced the front page of the UAE National paper!

Business in the Middle East is all about partnerships and relationships. Our presence at IDEX was driven not just by a desire to show the world where we're up to in our journey towards personal flight, but to nurture and develop relationships with people and businesses that will ultimately use and benefit from our technology. The level of interest in, and interaction with the Martin Jetpack at IDEX is proof of the commercial interest in our products and it is through these partnerships and contacts that we will now progress delivery of the world's first practical jetpack.

Stay tuned for more...


 

Sunday, February 10, 2013:

Check out this video...

Check out the latest international promo for the Martin Jetpack! This advert has been screening recently in the US and whilst it's focused on land transport, the future of air transport gets a look in too (watch closely at 7 secs!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Lr05al18-8Y


 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012:

P12 Flying...

P12 flew for the first time last week!  Our remote controlled test flying program began successfully with the latest prototype of the jetpack establishing a steady hover on its first outing.  This was hugely exciting for the team and a fitting reward for all the hard work that has gone in this year to get P12 off the ground.  The remote control testing will now continue before manned testing begins soon.

We have also flown our previous jetpack (P11) remotely in the last week, and flew it over water for the first time.  The spray of water sent up below it looked very spectacular!

Recently we supported the local launch of “Solidworks 2013”.  This is the latest version of the Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, which we use to design the jetpack.  The P11 jetpack is being used on some of their marketing material and on the opening screens of the software.

 

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