California-based JetPack Aviation today announced it has closed a sale with an undisclosed military customer in Southeast Asia for two JB12 JetPacks. The $ 800,000 order will take approximately six months.
Weighing 105 lbs (48 kg) and powered by six turbojets each delivering approximately 88 lbs (0.39 kN) of thrust, the JB12 offers unparalleled air mobility to individual pilots. The Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) JetPack is controlled through full-engine vectoring and a thrust management computer that allows the pilot to hover and maneuver in all directions, at speeds up to ‘at 120 mph (193 km / h).
“Ratification of this agreement demonstrates that the JB12 JetPack provides defense forces with exceptional air capabilities to meet a wide range of mission requirements. The maneuverability of the JetPack, its small form factor, which fits into a standard Pelican case set, and the ease of integration with our Speeder platform to complement the capabilities of the JB12, were all factors that guided the sale, ”said David Mayman, founder and CEO of JetPack Aviation. “This order represents a significant step forward for us as it confirms that our development program meets military needs.”
JetPack technology supports the continued development of the Speeder program. With its unique combination of heavy payload, speed, space-saving VTOL operation, simplicity and optional piloted flight, the Speeder offers special missions and unmatched emergency services capabilities, with longer application time. term in the urban air mobility market.
In military and special mission applications, the JB12 and Speeder offer distinctive individual capabilities, while together they provide an attractive blend of personal mobility and high speed VTOL mission performance. Through common technology and operational compatibility, the combination of JB12 and Speeder enables expansion into new and emerging mission sets.
JetPack Aviation recently completed flight tests with P1, its first full-scale Speeder prototype, and plans to start flying P1.5 later in 2021. The aircraft will collect data to inform the design and construction of P2 , for which flight tests are scheduled from Q1 / 2 2022. Demand for the Speeder is expected to be high and JetPack Aviation has already started preparing letters of intent for customers and taking pre-orders for the aircraft .
The Speeder and JB12 consume regular Jet A-1, kerosene or diesel, but under a recent supply agreement in cooperation with Prometheus Fuels Inc., JetPack Aviation has committed to use 100 fuel. % zero carbon in all future operations.
Look at the attached photo: Classified model of the JB12 evolved from the JB11, in this photo, developed by JetPack Aviation
About JetPack Aviation
An engineering leader in small personal turbine-powered VTOLs, JetPack Aviation spent millions of dollars in R&D between 2009 and 2015, to design, build and test a series of JetPack designs that led to the JB10, JB11 and JB12. A low-thrust version of the JB12 and the world’s first FAA-approved jetpack, the JB10 is set to debut in its own racing series next year. With pilots racing around a three-dimensional water track, the competition will demonstrate the real-world capabilities of the JetPack that are also applicable to military maneuvers.
JetPack Aviation’s broader mission is to create a line of VTOL aircraft that will save lives and revolutionize complex special missions. Based on its Speeder design and capable of carrying heavy payloads, the aircraft is small, transportable, optional piloted and fast. They do not have rotors or lift fans, which reduces the operational footprint and complexity, and although JetPack Aviation initially focuses on special missions, they have obvious longer term application in the market of urban air mobility.
From 2022, all JetPack Aviation aircraft will operate on net zero carbon fuels supplied by Prometheus Fuels Inc.
A new era of air mobility for personal and special missions is opening, and JetPack Aviation is leading the way.
About the Speeder
Based on the vectorization and engine thrust control technology developed and proven on the JetPack, the JetPack Aviation Speeder is a multi-mission jet VTOL platform designed for EMS, medical evacuation, firefighting missions. demanding fire, humanitarian and military. Its compact size allows transport in a car or motorcycle trailer, with flight preparations taking only a few minutes. The Speeder is therefore always available and ready for the mission, even in conditions that would bring down a helicopter.
Its unique engine configuration allows the Speeder to move heavy payloads (over 600 lbs) in a smaller footprint compared to a helicopter of similar capacity, while an eVTOL of similar capacity should be approximately ten times more. big. The Speeder does not have a complex rotor, gearbox or transmission system, and is therefore also cheaper and easier to maintain than a rotary-wing platform. Its power and high speed, combined with optional piloted operation, make the Speeder the ideal choice for the most dangerous operations, including firefighting and disaster relief.
Equipped with a variety of mission equipment, the Speeder is easily and quickly deployable, simple enough for easy maintenance and support in the field, scalable, and designed to create a new standard in emergency and utility aviation. special.
In recognition of its unique capability, the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s AFWERX program office selected the Speeder for inclusion in its High Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing Concept (HSVTOL) program. The AFWERX HSVTOL Concept Showcase will see Jetpack Aviation educating USAF personnel about the Speeder and how it will support Air Force mission sets and strategies.