The maker of luxury vehicles dubbed “flying motorcycles” that can reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour have completed flight testing of their first prototype and are ready to take pre-orders.
Jetpack aviation introduced the Speeder – a jet-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft – both as a sports ship and as a mission vehicle that is well-suited to medical teams and fire and rescue operations.
The company’s P1 prototype has an aluminum chassis and was moored during a recent test flight in Southern California, where it hit several benchmarks that “demonstrate the speeder’s ability to take off, climb, hover, yaw, and make slow transitions.” forward flight.” International Aerospace Testing reported.
The speeder can reach altitudes of up to 15,000 feet and will eventually be able to produce a maximum thrust of 1,200 pounds.
With cargo on board, the automatic speeder can reach speeds of 300 mph, although the manned version will be slower so the pilot can see and breathe safely.
The Speeder was initially quoted at $380,000, but is likely to increase, according to David Mayman, CEO of Jetpack Aviation.
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Jetpack Aviation has completed the first flight test for its P1 Speeder prototype, a jet-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that can reach 300 miles per hour
The speeder is small enough to be transported in a trailer and does not need to be charged before takeoff.
And unlike the jetpack, it doesn’t take much preparation to get started: “You just jump and fly,” the New Atlas reports.
JA is already working on its next iteration, the P1.5, which will use a smaller frame with carbon fiber body panels.
It will be closer to the final production model and fly off the ropes.
Like the Jetpacks JB-10 and JB-11 from Jetpack Aviation, this “flying motorcycle” is powered by a mini turbojet engine. But it moves faster, supports up to two passengers, and carries heavier loads
The next test model, the P2, will have a fully formed body and small removable wings.
While the prototype speeder used four engines, the final production model will have up to eight engines.
JetPack Aviation has received backing from venture capitalist Tim Draper, an early investor in Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX. CNBC reports.
Currently, speeders can run on jet fuel, diesel, or kerosene, but Mayman wants to introduce carbon-free fuel in the future.
The company has made a name for itself with the JB-10 and JB-11 jetpacks, which are the only ones in the world to be powered by a mini-turbojet engine.
Speeders work on the same principle, but move faster, carry heavier loads and carry up to two passengers.
While the speeder will be available for commercial sale, CEO David Mayman sees it as having great potential in the military, medical teams, and fire and rescue operations.
It will also be electronically stabilized, according to the new atlas, with servo-controlled nozzles “that can quickly direct the thrust of each 360-degree jet for instant balance correction and maneuvering.”
The tether used in the test didn’t hold the vehicle, Mayman pointed out, it just made sure it didn’t suddenly fall or go off course.
“At this time we have verified that it can take off, climb and turn. It can hold itself in stable hover with LiDAR. Good and accurate,” he told NS. “It’s hovering a bit now, maybe a foot over five minutes, but you can give it a good push with the stick and it’ll rock and then come back to where it was.”
Mayman says the goal is to make the speeder modular, with different frame types and drive configurations to serve different customers. Photo: eight engine go-kart configuration for speeders
Mayman said the goal was to create a modular speeder, with different frame types and drive configurations to meet the needs of different customers.
“We have a potential end user in the US Marine Corps who wants to fly 300 miles, for example. That would require a massive wingspan of 15 to 17 feet,” he said.
“Sometimes you just want to fly the chassis, so it has to be modular and adaptable in the field. For great distances, it is possible to use a wet wing with a bladder full of extra fuel inside.’