Move over James Bond: Pilot takes to the skies in Britain's first jetpack flight - and says you could own one in just three years
- Test pilot David Mayman took off and flew for around four minutes across the River Thames in London
- He has set up a company with the aim of developing a commercial version of the jet powered devices
- The JB-10 JetPack features two turbo jet engines that run on aviation fuel and can reach 60mph
- His company hopes to develop an electric version of the jetpack that they say will be available by 2019
It is the ultimate boy's toy and will allow people to relive their James Bond fantasies in real life.
The world's first commercially available jetpack is to be launched in 2019, it was announced today as the man behind the technology flew his personal prototype over London.
David Mayman, a former commercial pilot from Australia, worked with a team of engineers to build the one-person vertical take-off device.
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Former airline pilot David Mayman took to the air above the River Thames in London (pictured) to mark the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to develop a commercially available jetpacks. They hope to sell the devices by 2019
HOW THE JB-10 WORKS
The JB-10 JetPack uses two minature jet engines fixed to a harness.
The engines run on aviation fuel and can together lift 350lbs at a time.
It can be controlled using two joysticks which control the lift and direction of the jetpack.
In a four minute flight he flew around 100 feet (30 metres) into the air above the River Thames in East London, zipping back and forth towards the ExCel conference centre.
Together with chief designer Nelson Tyler, he has launched a company called JetPack Aviation that is aiming to sell the jetpacks to the public.
They also claim to have an agreement to develop a special heavy lifting version for US Special Forces.
The JB-10 JetPack is powered by two miniature jet engines run on aviation fuel that sit either side of a harness and can be controlled using two joysticks.
Mr Mayman and his team is hoping to raise £300,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to help them create an electric version of the jetpack, which they hope to sell from around $250,000 (£196,000) each.
Speaking after his flight over the Thames, Mr Mayman described the experience as 'awesome' and said it was the ultimate 'freedom'.
He said: 'A lot of us spent time in our youth fantasising about what it would be like to follow Buck Rogers up into the air with our very own jetpacks.
Mr Mayman looked like a real-life James Bond as he soared above the River Thames in east London (pictured left). During the four minute flight (pictured right) he zipped back and forth across the river towards the ExCel conference center
The jetpack (pictured) is small enough to be so it can fit inside the boot of a car and can be carried by just one person
Mr Mayman said he had spent many hours dreaming of soaring around like Buck Rogers in his own personal jetpack so it was a dream come true to finally pilot one in real life (pictured)
The jet engines run on aviation fuel, but Mr Mayman's company JetPack Aviation hopes to now develop an electric version
The jetpack has been compared to the one used by Sean Connery as James Bond in the film Thunderball (pictured)
'We are getting a lot closer to launching a commercial product but there is still much further that we can take our design and ideas.'
The team are also hoping to popularise a new sport of jetpack races with their technology.
The jetpack is currently able to lift around 350lbs and can reach speeds of up to 60mph. It can also be packed down small enough to be carried by one person.
The jetpack (pictured over the Thames) has a top speed of around 60mph and has a flight time of around 10 mintues
Mr Mayman (pictured) flew up to 100 feet (30 metres) above the Thames with the iconic skyline of Canary Wharf in the background. He describes flying the jetpack as 'awesome' and said it provides total freedom
The developers claim the JB-10 JetPack (pictured) can have a range of applications and uses but they believe it may appeal to those hoping to live out their James Bond fantasies
The jetpack is highly maneuverable (pictured) but currently only has a limited flight time. It means that anyone hoping to commute to the office with it would need to live nearby
It uses twin turbo jets which have been specially adapted, reducing the size compared to turbofans, which run cooler and consume less fuel.
The company claim they also have a research and development agreement in place with the US Special Operations Command to develop a four turbine jetpack capable of lifting 700lbs.
Lucy Sharp, from Seedrs Investment, the firm behind the crowdfunding campaign for the electric jetpack, said: 'This is for the city boys who grew up in the 70s and 80s and dreamt of being a real-life Iron Man.
The team claim they are developing a heavy lift version of the jetpack for the US special forces. The current jetpack has two engines and can lift 350lbs while the US military version will have four engines and lift 700lbs
Mr Mayman's flight in London (pictured) marked the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to develop a commercial version of the technology. Onlookers were startled as he flew overhead
The jetpacks (pictured) are expected to retail for around $250,000 (£196,000) each - about the same as an Aston Martin car
The team are also hoping to develop a new sport - jetpack racing when the technology (pictured) becomes more widely available
'It retails at around the price of an Aston Martin and it is the ultimate boy's toy. It'll be a choice - either Aston Martin or jetpack to work today?'
Mr Mayman has now conducted more than 400 test flights in his personal jetpack, including around the Statue of Liberty and in Monoco.
TEST FLIGHT IN MONACO: JETPACK AVIATION'S MAIDEN FLIGHT OF THE JB-10
The JB-10 is the latest iteration of personal jet packs from JetPack Aviation.
The pack itself is lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and can reportedly fly for up to 10 minutes and reach speeds of 60 mph (96 kph).
Mounted to each side is a small engine that provides upward thrust. The JB-10 uses twin turbo jets which have been specially adapted, reducing the size compared to turbofans, which run cooler and consume less fuel.
Its inventors says it is 'inherently stable but also capable of very dynamic manoeuvres thanks to our approach to engine vectoring'.
The JB-9 used a carbon-fibre corset that straps to the pilot's back, with the majority of the 'backpack' section carrying fuel.
Lift-off: With crowds watching, test pilot David Mayman carefully took off from the heliport for the maiden flight of the JB-10
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