The Martin jetpack is the result of Glenn Martin's dream of building the world's first practical jetpack. Glenn worked on this dream night after night in his garage in Christchurch, New Zealand, supported by his wife Vanessa, who was the jetpack's first ever test pilot, and their two sons, Harrision and William.

The timeline below outlines key steps in the development of the Martin jetpack:

Today

Martin Aircraft Company lists on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:MJP)

2015

Martin Aircraft Company signs cornerstone investment agreement with KuangChi Science Limited

2014

Prototype 12 gains authorisation from New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for manned test flights

2013

First demonstration of rapid opening parachute system

2012

Flight to 5,000 feet and first parachute deployment

2011

First manned flight of the jetpack over five minutes in duration

2010

Conversion to fly by wire, PhD and simulator research started

2009

MARTIN JETPACK

Product introduction at Oshkosh airshow and public reveal of the jetpack

2008

In 2008 the company was renamed the Martin Aircraft Company.

The research and development of the Martin jetpack has been primarily funded by private investors who see the tremendous potential of the product. We have also been fortunate to have received backing from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Callaghan Institute for certain aspects of the development.

Jetpack performs first outdoor manned figure eights, pirouettes and circuits. First patents filed.

2007

First untethered flight of jetpack

2005

Glenn formed GNM Ltd

1998

First lift-off of piloted jetpack (tethered) by Vanessa Martin

1997

First test-rigs and mathematical validation by University of Canterbury

1988

Mathematical research and "eureka" moment

1984

THE BEGINNING

Glenn Martin started research on the concept of a personal jetpack that could fly much longer than 30 seconds

1981