JetPack Aviation Developing Flying Motorbike That Can Reach 400MPH

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Here comes something straight out of science fiction - a flying motorcycle. Los Angeles-based startup JetPack Aviation has secured $2 million from investors to develop the world's first flying motorcycle. Dubbed as 'Speeder', the flying motorcycle is backed by Y Combinator, Draper Associates, Cathexis Ventures, Jaan Tallinn - co-founder of Skype, and other angel investors.

JetPack Aviation Speeder Features
 

JetPack Aviation Speeder Features

JetPack revealed its plans for the Speeder back in March. The prototype Speeder would either be a fully self-driven vehicle or a stabilized pilot-controlled bike. The startup says that the flying motorbike can take off and land vertically, a crucial factor when in flight. The Speeder can reach top speeds over 400 MPH and can even be refueled in less than five minutes.

JetPack Aviation notes that the refueling time drastically shrinks the turnaround time when compared with an electric vehicle. The Speeder is designed to have no exposed rotors systems, making it smoother and safer to ride than other VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) designs and helicopters. The Speeder is also believed to be a reality soon as it will rely on turbine propulsion and not batter-based flight systems.

JetPack Aviation CEO and founder David Mayman said to TechCrunch that the "current battery energy density is just too low for most electrically powered VTOLs to be truly practical." He believes that it would take five to ten years for the timeline to change for the better. The Speeder would be delivered in a much shorter time frame.

JetPack Aviation notes that the Speeder will be able to transport and deliver quick cargo for emergency services. The flying motorbike can even be used by the military, which was the company's initial idea before coming to the consumer market.

JetPack Aviation: Science Fiction To Reality
 

JetPack Aviation: Science Fiction To Reality

It's interesting to note that JetPack Aviation has already designed and developed an actual jet pack. Mayman himself has practically demonstrated the aerial jet pack many times. The company has been certified by the FAA and also closed a CARADA agreement with the U.S. Navy Special Forces. The Navy would use the jet packs to transport troops for short distances.

The jetpack is believed to be packed with many features like over 100 MPH top speed, shrinkable portability, and more. At the same time, the Speeder flying motorbike sounds straight out of science fiction and JetPack Aviation is just a few steps away from making it a reality.

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