It looks like something out of a science fiction film—the type of outfit Iron Man would don just before rocketing into the sky—but the The Martin Jetpack is very real. Avwatch, a Plymouth business that specializes in providing aerial reconnaissance, real-time video and tactical networking services to government and commercial clients, has teamed up with the New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company to introduce the breakthrough aerial technology to the United States.
The current model of The Martin Jetpack can be flown by a pilot or via remote control. It is designed to travel at speeds up to 46 mph with flight duration of over 30 minutes. The hope is that the jetpack could one day serve as a vehicle used by first responders, including search and rescue, security, police, ambulance, fire and natural disaster recovery, and by members of Homeland Security.
The Martin Aircraft Company will be training Avwatch pilots how to safely fly and maintain the jetpacks and will help Avwatch establish a U.S. training and support and service center based in Plymouth. With their sights on the sky, the two companies are poised to revolutionize the industries of aviation, recreation and transportation.