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:
Martin Aircraft Company lists on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:MJP)2015
Martin Aircraft Company signs cornerstone investment agreement with KuangChi Science Limited2014
Prototype 12 gains authorisation from New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for manned test flights2013
First demonstration of rapid opening parachute system2012
Flight to 5,000 feet and first parachute deployment2011
First manned flight of the jetpack over five minutes in duration2010
Conversion to fly by wire, PhD and simulator research started2009
Product introduction at Oshkosh airshow and public reveal of the jetpack2008
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 jetpack2005
Glenn formed GNM Ltd1998
First lift-off of piloted jetpack (tethered) by Vanessa Martin1997
First test-rigs and mathematical validation by University of Canterbury1988
Mathematical research and "eureka" moment1984
Glenn Martin started research on the concept of a personal jetpack that could fly much longer than 30 seconds1981