Dubai isn’t new when it comes to dabbling with jet packs as you may have noticed with their recent Jetman stunt that nearly everyone was talking about, we attached a video down below for you convenience
Ok, that’s cool and all but thos Jetpacks need you to deploy a parachute to land when your done pulling stunts in the air, and this is where Martin Aircraft comes into play. Martin Aircraft is the company responsible for building Jetpacks that cost $250,000 and can be used with ease and without the need to deploy any sort of parachute in normal running conditions.
Dubai rescue personnel and firefighters now have an extra tool in their set that would help them achieve rather difficult tasks that would require a crane or some sort of lifting device.
“The vision of Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) is protecting lives, properties and environment and to provide fast professional service, efficient investment of human and material sources to give best results. Dubai is one of the fastest growing future cities in the world with its modern skyscrapers and vast infrastructure it has always been a world leader in adapting new technology to improve and save people’s lives, the introduction of Martin Jetpacks into our fleet of emergency response vehicles is another example of how Dubai leads the world,” said Lt Col Expert Ali Hassan Almutawa, Director Operations of the Dubai Civil Defence.
But the moment i read Jetpacks, I was sort of confused because i knew that landing would require fans? So i looked into it and found out that the martin jetpacks are actually not jet-powered whatsoever but rather rely on two 200hp ducted fans that act like a mini-helicopter enabling the pilot to fly at speeds of up to 45 mph at altitudes of 3,000 feet while flight time is restricted to 45 minutes due to the engines not-so perfect efficiency.
Dubai was interested in the Martin Jetpacks due to the height of their buildings and the need to extinguish fires at very high altitudes and the need to rescue people at that altitude becomes difficult with stairs and ladders.
The Martin jetpacks can be used as a un-manned drone that is equipped with a water hose, which makes it less of a risk to the fire fighters. Dubai is also intending to use the jetpacks in many other daily duties that could replace expensive helicopters in the future.
Check out the Martin Jetpacks below: