Jetpack, a future means of transportation?

It looks like a mini-helicopter. It uses a pair of ducted fans to take off and land vertically, and can maneuver into tight airspace, like the narrow gap between skyscrapers.

KuangChi Science, a technology company based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, unveiled the jetpack that could be used for future city transportation and rescue missions at a high-tech fair in Shenzhen.

The Martin Jetpack, developed by Martin Aircraft Company in New Zealand, could fly for over 30 minutes at a speed of up to 74 km/h and an altitude of up to 1,000 meters. Capable of lifting off and landing vertically in a small area, the single-person jetpack can be flown by a pilot or via remote control.

KuangChi Science announced the purchase of a controlling stake in Martin Aircraft late last year, which is seen as a significant move that will allow Martin to take the Jetpack from prototype to reality.

Reports say earlier this month, Dubai placed an initial order for 20 of the jetpacks from the New Zealand company, for delivery in 2016. The principal application is fire department use for rescue from Dubai’s extremely tall buildings.

The jetpack will make its debut flying within China in early December.

(This video shows a test fly in New Zealand early this year.)

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