We’re sure that there are plenty of people who wouldn’t mind strapping into a jet pack and soaring 8,000 feet in the sky at 60 mph, myself included. But out of those people, how many would be willing to not only fly a jetpack, but fly it into the crossfire of a war. Not many. Not to mention the government would probably have something to say about that.
Martin Aircraft has fashioned an unmanned jetpack that is capable of soaring into war torn areas to deliver up to 100 kilos of cargo. The Martin Skyhook UAV hopes to fill a missing void in the military’s unmanned arsenal with its all-around size and speed.
One of the great things about Skyhook, other than the fact that it’s a fricken’ jetpack, is that it runs on normal gasoline, which powers a 2-liter, 200-horsepower engine. No rocket fuel required. It has a range of 31 miles so its optimal use would be isolated areas in need of a payload, or enemy encroachments in dire need of a bomb in their faces. Martin is currently seeking funding to sponsor the project further, because a few plastic recyclables just aren’t going to cut it. After the jump check out the video of the Skyhook in action.