JetPack Aviation introduces The Speeder, the world’s first flying motorcycle, and it’s powered by four jet engines fueled with kerosene, diesel, or Jet-A-fuel. This new vehicle is fully stabilized and is smaller, faster, and easier to fly than any other aircraft in its class!
The two planned models include an ultralight version that will fly at 60mph without requiring a pilot’s license and an experimental version that can hit over 150mph, but requires a formal license to operate. Both models will have up to 30-minutes of flight time, with a flight ceiling of 15,000 feet. Unlike a lot of VTOL prototypes there’s no exposed rotors or anything, so that substantially reduces the risk of sticking your foot where you shouldn’t mid-flight.
The company, owned by Australian inventor David Mayman, just went through YCombinator startup boot camp, and managed to raise $2-million to create a full-sized Speeder prototype, including a future version capable of hitting 400 mph. Modular wings mean that you can bolt them on / off depending on the situation, thanks to a small carbon fiber spar.
JetPack’s CEO, David Mayman, believes the Speeder could be developed and deployed as early as sometime in the next few years thanks to one big difference: turbine propulsion over battery-powered flight. In a statement to TechCrunch, Mayman explained that “current battery energy density is just too low for most electrically powered VTOLs to be truly practical.”
If JetPack can get a prototype off the ground (both metaphorically and literally) it’ll probably start a trial run with the military as an emergency or cargo vehicle before they consider a commercial roll-out.
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