Jetpack Aviation has announced the successful completion of the test flight of what it calls “the world’s first flying motorcycle”. The Jetpack Aviation Speeder is a turbine-powered personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Here, we will be discussing the key features of Jetpack Aviation Speeder, including its price and availability.
Jetpack Aviation Speeder Overview:
The current P1 prototype of Jetpack’s Speeder has an aluminum chassis. The aircraft weighs around 231 pounds and can support a pilot of up to 240 lbs. It features four individual turbojet engines and can attain a maximum speed of up to 150 miles per hour. The maximum thrust depends upon the density altitude, but the company has capped it at 750 pounds.
According to the makers, it can take off from anywhere. All you need is a small car-sized space. Depending upon the density altitude and the pilot’s weight, the Speeder can stay in the air anywhere from 10 to 22 minutes.
Flying the Speeder will be just like riding a motorcycle but in the sky!
UVS vs EVS
Since it is “fully stabilized,” users won’t need much training to fly the craft, says Jetpack Aviation. The company is also working on an Ultralight Version (UVS) that will require no license to run. However, it won’t be allowed to carry more than 5 gallons of fuel. Similarly, it will have to fly slower than the 60 miles per hour cap.
However, the Experimental Version (EVS) won’t have those restrictions, but it will require users to go through aircraft training to fly one.
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There is also a military/commercial version of the machine. It is capable of greater thrust (1,200 lbs) and endurance (20 – 30 minutes). The un-piloted variant of the Speeder would be used in cargo transportation. It would come in handy in transporting medical equipment in remote areas.
Jetpack is already working on the P1.5 prototype. It will have a smaller frame and panels made from carbon fiber. Next up is the P2, which will have tiny detachable wings. The firm hopes to make the Speed modular and provide different options for frames and propulsion to users.
Jetpack Aviation is also trying it make it a zero-net carbon aircraft. Currently, this aircraft-cum-motorcycle uses Jet A-1, kerosene, and diesel as fuel.
Jetpack Aviation Speeder Price and Launch
Following the successful test of the P1 prototype, Jetpack Aviation has opened booking of the Speeder. The “world’s first flying motorcycle” will cost you USD 380,000. However, we can expect the company to revise the price in the future.
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