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High-tech fair in S China

INTRO

As China’s most important electronics EXPO, the 17th China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) is underway in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

What could be the future transportation in a city? We possibly have an answer today from this year’s China Hi-Tech Fair.

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At the fair, a Chinese company has revealed a flying jetpack that aims for future city transportation and rescue mission.

This flying jetpack was made by a New Zealand aviation company, the Martin Aircraft Company. It was once listed in Time magazine’s Top 50 inventions for 2010.

The Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack, with potential usage spanning search and rescue, military, recreational and commercial applications, both manned and unmanned.

The development of a jetpack that based on current testing will have over 30 minutes flight capability at a speed of up to 74 km/h and an altitude up to 1,000 meters.

The Martin Jetpack was initially conceived and developed by Glenn Martin in Dunedin in 1981.

Last December, a Chinsese company in Shenzhen called KuangChi Science invested on Martin Aircraft Company, holding 52% of Martin Aircraft Company and has controlling rights.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) LIU RUOPENG, CEO of Kuang-Chi Science:
“In the Jetpack particularly we have the design of a very special parachute. When you are in the space and some problems occurred. The parachute will pumping out by itself and land both the jetpack and pilot safely.”

The Martin Jetpack has also passed the aviation test and received the licence to fly in New Zealand.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) LIU RUOPENG, CEO of Kuang-Chi Science:
“Aviation has a lot of standard of how we can test this. and we just follow the stands.”

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