【喷气背包正式出售:人类飞行越来越近】

【喷气背包正式出售:人类飞行越来越近】还记得 jetpack 吗?这个如今已经进行了 400 多次飞行实验的喷气背包项目将正式发售,预计零售价在 25 万美元。它的最新版本 JB-10 可以飞行十分钟,时速可达每小时 96 公里。团队希望能够举办喷气背包相关的比赛,将这一“大男孩的最终玩具”推广到全世界。

Move over James Bond: World's first commercially available jetpack is now on sale to 'well qualified buyers'

By ABIGAIL BEALL

It is the ultimate toy that will allow people to relive their James Bond fantasies in real life.

Now JetPack Aviation has announced that the world's first commercially available jetpack is on sale to 'well qualified buyers'.3A4318B900000578-0-Mr_Mayman_looked_like_a_real_life_James_Bond_as_he_soared_above_-a-27_1478855602126

If you think that rules you out of trying it, there might be hope still -  the company is also running competition to give someone a change to fly one for themselves.

According to New Atlas, the devices are now on sale and expected to start shipping in April or May 2017.

The man behind the technology flew his personal prototype over London in October.

David Mayman, a former commercial pilot from Australia, worked with a team of engineers to build the one-person vertical take-off device.  3A4318BE00000578-0-During_the_four_minute_flight_pictured_he_zipped_back_and_forth_-a-28_1478855605102

In a four minute flight he flew around 100 feet (30 metres) into the air above the River Thames in East London, zipping back and forth towards the ExCel conference centre.

Together with chief designer Nelson Tyler, he has launched a company called JetPack Aviation that is aiming to sell the jetpacks to the public, and is running a competition for people to have a chance to fly one themselves.

The company also claims to have an agreement to develop a special heavy lifting version for US Special Forces.

The JB-10 JetPack is powered by two miniature jet engines run on aviation fuel that sit either side of a harness and can be controlled using two joysticks.

Mr Mayman and his team has so far raised over £36,000 ($45,500) out of a £300,000 ($379,000) target in a crowdfunding campaign that was launched at the start of last month.

This money will help them create an electric version of the jetpack, which they hope to sell from around $250,000 (£196,000) each.

Speaking after his flight over the Thames in October, Mr Mayman described the experience as 'awesome' and said it was the ultimate 'freedom'.3A4318C900000578-0-image-a-30_1478855619501

'A lot of us spent time in our youth fantasising about what it would be like to follow Buck Rogers up into the air with our very own jetpacks,' he said at the time.

'We are getting a lot closer to launching a commercial product but there is still much further that we can take our design and ideas.'

The team are also hoping to popularise a new sport of jetpack races with their technology.3A4318E900000578-0-image-a-3_1478855437365

The jetpack is currently able to lift around 350lbs and can reach speeds of up to 60mph. It can also be packed down small enough to be carried by one person.

It uses twin turbo jets which have been specially adapted, reducing the size compared to turbofans, which run cooler and consume less fuel.

The company claim they also have a research and development agreement in place with the US Special Operations Command to develop a four turbine jetpack capable of lifting 700lbs.3A43104A00000578-3926700-According_to_New_Atlas_the_devices_are_now_on_sale_and_are_expec-a-78_1478857451227

Lucy Sharp, from Seedrs Investment, the firm behind the crowdfunding campaign for the electric jetpack, said: 'This is for the city boys who grew up in the 70s and 80s and dreamt of being a real-life Iron Man.

'It retails at around the price of an Aston Martin and it is the ultimate boy's toy. It'll be a choice - either Aston Martin or jetpack to work today?'

Mr Mayman has now conducted more than 400 test flights in his personal jetpack, including around the Statue of Liberty and in Monoco.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3926700/Move-James-Bond-World-s-commercially-available-jetpack-sale-qualified-buyers.html


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