Just , Martin JetPack flew its jetpack to a record-breaking altitude of 5000 feet at a climb rate of 800 feet per minute (it took about six minutes to reach apogee). , the company limited the jetpack to a 800 feet-per-minute climb so the chase helicopters could keep up. (You mean this thing can ascend faster than a helicopter?)
The jetpack can climb at more that 1000 feet per minute and cruise at 100 kilometers per hour (around 62 miles per hour) for about 30 minutes of flight time. Now that's scary.
The flight was controlled by radio control in the chasing helicopter. A person wasn't actually flying the jetpack; instead, a humanoid dummy rode it, allowing the crew to test the jetpack with the proper wight distribution. After cruising along for a while at around 3000 feet, the jetpack deployed a ballistic parachute as part of a safety system test--the first such test of the jetpacks ballistic parachute safety system. The jetpack took some damage upon landing, but the company said that if a living human were onboard they likely would have been able to walk away from an actual emergency landing.
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While this flight lasted only 10 minutes it was a test that inched jetpacks ever closer to our garages; according to the jetpack's inventor, Glenn Martin, "This successful test brings the future another step closer."This flight-test was also part of the company's final development phase of the Jetpack's technologies, and it hopes to have the first manned and unmanned (UAH) versions delivered to certain key customers within the next 18 months--after almost 30 years of research and development.