Jetpack Aviation Speeder Flying Motorcycle Accelerates to 320 km / hNovember 29, 2019
The head of the company, David Meyman, gave a great interview to New Atlas. He told who finances the project, what are the prospects for using Speeder, whether the ultra-high-speed version has potential and how flying motorcycles will fit into the current transport system. Hi-Tech + provides the most important quotes.
Journalists in New Atlas caught David Mayman, head of Jetpack Aviation, right after playing in Huntington Beach, California, when he showed aerobatics flying in a jetpack in front of a crowd of thousands. But the subject of the interview was another invention of an Australian engineer – a flying Speeder motorcycle.
The first investors in the project were the business angels of the YCombinator accelerator, who drew attention to Speeder. Then, Meyman raised seed money of $ 2 million, led the round by Tim Draper of Draper Associates, one of the first investors in SpaceX and Tesla. Another major project investor is Jan Tallinn, who once supported Skype.
Meyman promised all of them to finish the first prototype of a flying motorcycle in 9-14 months. It will not be ideal, but it will be able to take off with the pilot and perform the most basic maneuvers. And the main scope of its application will be the provision of emergency medical care. Most likely, the first clients will be the military – first of all, because the equipment for the armed forces does not require a long and expensive certification at the US Civil Aviation Administration.
For example, the Air Force needs transport that would allow for two hours to reach the pilot’s emergency landing site in order to deliver equipment and spare parts to it. “The entire automation industry is moving forward so fast that there is no doubt that we can do this,” said Meiman. “The only question is how much money do we still need to realize all this.”
The advantage of a motorcycle over four- or eight-seat flying taxis is that it is smaller, so it can land anywhere, it does not have many moving elements and, finally, it is faster. Meiman believes that until really large lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries have appeared on the market, it makes sense to focus on turbojet engines. True, he admits, the device will be noisy – it will not be possible to fly quietly over enemy positions on it.
Most likely, the Speeder will be available in two versions – one relatively slow – 190 – 225 km / h, with a landing almost like a motorcycle. And the second, with elongated wings, which accelerates to 320 km / h.
Then the pilot will almost have to lie on his stomach. Engines will be located very close to each other to negate the effect of asymmetry if one fails.
In addition, the latest version of the JB-12 rocket pack with six turbines is almost ready.
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