Martin Jetpack makes 1st unmanned flight.
Martin Jetpack Video.
We have converted one of the Martin Jetpacks to remote control so that we can push the flight envelope without risk to a pilot. Here is the first flight – Ray is flying the jetpack from the ground, and he has been replaced on the Jetpack with “Lead Ray” – a 80kg box we can move up an down to test center of mass effects on flight performance.
This also demonstrates the potential application of the Martin Jetpack as a UAV with 100kg payload, or as a rescue aircraft – pilot can fly in, load a passenger and fly them out by radio control, and then bring the jetpack back empty for their own return flight.
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