Not that long ago jetpacks were just a science fiction idea. People always wanted to be able to fly just like birds do. We have already made that happen with the airplanes, obviously, but we still want to fly just by ourselves, without a big plane full of other passengers. That’s probably why so many different extreme sports like paragliding have been developed by now. And finally, in the twenty-first century, we have the opportunity to actually fly by ourselves (almost). Jetpacks are officially real! And not only that- they are becoming more and more popular. The only issue with them is that they are very expensive and because of that unfortunately not available for most of us, at least for now. But, who knows, maybe in the future all of us will be able to purchase a jetpack, as they will become cheaper over the course of time, which is always happening with the new-technology devices entering the market.
That being said, the Dubai authorities want to equip their firefighters with jetpacks (and even policemen and rescue workers in the future). And it’s happening right now! According to what the authorities say, jetpacks could really make a big change. The firefighters would be able to react more quickly, which would translate into higher safety in the cities. And, because of the fact that you can fly up to 1500 meters above the ground with the jetpack on, it would be a great mode of transport for the firefighters and their equipment, especially when they have to put out a fire that’s located on one of the skyscrapers, including the famous Burj Khalifa.
The sheikhs seem to be interested in a product made by a company based in New Zealand called “Martin Aircraft”. Their jetpack has a 2-liter, 4-cylinder, 200 hp engine which allows you to fly up to 74 kilometers per hour! In case that’s not enough, the firefighter can carry up to 200kg equipment with him. Seems a little bit dangerous, but the company assures the jetpacks are being tested very carefully and they meet all the safety requirements.
The firefighters wearing jetpacks would be able to provide a rapid response regardless difficult environmental access. The jetpacks have been designed to meet the most demanding physical and technical requirements. Martin Aircraft made sure they are able to perform under the most challenging conditions. What’s more, they can be flown both by a pilot and by remote control. With the small dimensions of the jetpack, it can operate between buildings or near trees, which is probably the most important thing. In addition to that, the pilot qualifications are said to be not that hard to obtain. The company also says it’s jetpack can be modified and purpose-built to meet any specific needs in the future.
And even though this miracle of technology costs about 150,000$ apiece, the Dubai authorities have ordered 20 of them already. They are said to be introduced in the middle of next year.
Can you imagine firefighters, policemen or rescuers flying around with jetpacks and helping people in need? The science fiction scenario might be closer than you think!