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Manned testing begins on New Zealand inventor's fan-driven flying machine with sales next year. 


Personal jetpack gets flight permit for manned test


AFP News agency

A model stands next to a newly developed personalised jetpack in Christchurch, New Zealand, pictured August, 2013. Authorities have issued a permit allowing manned test flights.

The New Zealand developers of a personalised jetpack said Tuesday that aviation regulators have issued the device with a flying permit, allowing for manned test flights.

Martin Aircraft chief executive Peter Coker said the certification was a significant milestone in the development of the jetpack, which the company hopes to begin selling next year.

"For us it's a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we're now in a position to commercialise and take forward very quickly," Coker told AFP.

The jetpack is the brainchild of inventor Glenn Martin, who began working on it in his Christchurch garage more than 30 years ago.

Inspired by childhood television shows such as "Thunderbirds" and "Lost in Space", Martin set out in the early 1980s to create a jetpack suitable for everyday use by ordinary people with no specialist pilot training.

His jetpack consists of a pair of cylinders containing propulsion fans attached to a free-standing carbon-fibre frame.

The pilot backs into the frame, straps himself in and controls the wingless jetpack with two joysticks.

While the jetpack's concept is simple enough -- Time magazine likened it to two enormous leaf blowers welded together -- fine-tuning it into an aircraft that is safe and easy to use has been a lengthy process.

Coker said the latest prototype, the P12, incorporated huge design improvements over earlier versions.

"Changing the position of the jetpack's ducts has resulted in a quantum leap in performance over the previous prototype, especially in terms of the aircraft's manoeuvrability," he said.

Coker said a specialised version of the jetpack designed for the military and "first responder" emergency crews such as firefighters should be ready for delivery by mid-2014.

A simpler model aimed at the general public is expected to be on the market in 2015.

The price of your own personal flying machine is estimated at US$150,000-250,000, although Coker said the cost was likely to come down over time.

It comes with a rocket-propelled parachute if anything goes wrong.

In May 2011, a remote control Martin jetpack carrying a dummy pilot soared 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above the South Island's Canterbury Plains as its creator watched anxiously from a helicopter hovering nearby.

The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority said the jetpack had now been issued with an experimental flight permit for development test flying, which allows someone to pilot the aircraft.

It said the test flights would be subject to strict safety requirements, with flights not allowed any higher than 20 feet (six metres) above the ground or 25 feet above water.

The flights are also limited to test areas over uninhabited land.

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aim: to have as your target - เล็ง

anxious: worried because you think something bad might happen - ที่วิตกกังวล, ที่ร้อนใจ

attached: fasten or joined together - ติดกัน, ต่อ, ยึดติด

authorities: government officials -

aviation: science of flying aircraft - ศิลปและศาสตร์ในการบิน

brainchild: an idea or invention of one person or a small group of people - ความคิดหรือสิ่งประดิษฐ์

certification: an official document stating that someone has passed an examination or has achieved the qualifications necessary to do something - เอกสารการรับรอง

commercialize: to use something to make money such as a new product idea - ทำเป็นธุรกิจ, ทำเพื่อผลกำไรเป็นหลัก

concept: a principle or idea - ความคิด

consist of: to be made of or formed from something - ประกอบด้วย

crew: a group of people who work together to do a job - กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน

cylinder: an object shaped like a wide tube; a metal container for gas or liquid - กระบอก

delivery: the act of taking goods, letters, etc. to the people they have been sent to - การส่ง, การส่งสินค้า

developer: a person who "develops"and creates something new such as a new product, computer program or real estate development such as houses or an office building -

development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา

device: a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

duct: a long pipe or tube in a building that carries something such as water, heated air or wires - ท่อ

dummy: something that is not real but is made to appear to be real - ของที่ทำเลียนแบบของจริง

emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน

enormous: extremely large - มหาศาล

especially: more with one person, thing, etc. than with others, or more in particular circumstances than in others - โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง

estimate: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ

fine-tune: to make very small changes to something so that it is as good as it can possibly be - แก้ไขปรับปรุง

first responder: the first people to arrive at the scene of an accident or emergency situation -

garage: a building for keeping one or more cars or other vehicles in - โรงรถ

general public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน

hover: to stay in one place in the air - บินฉวัดเฉวียน,บินร่อน

huge: very large - ใหญ่โต

improvement: when something gets better or when you make it better - การปรับปรุง, การทำให้ดีขึ้น

in a position to: are prepared and ready to -

in terms of: measured by -

incorporate: to include something so that it forms a part of something - ซึ่งรวมเข้าเป็นหนึ่งเดียวกัน

inspire: to give someone the idea for a piece of work - ทำให้เกิด บันดาลใจให้

inventor: someone who has designed or created something such as a machine or process that did not exist before - นักประดิษฐ์

issue: to give or provide something official - แจกจ่าย

latest: newest; most recent - ] ล่าสุด, See also: ทันสมัยที่สุด, เกิดหลังสุด

leaf blower: a device for cleaning an area by blowing away the leaves -

lengthy: very long - ที่ยืดยาว

maneuverability: being able to move something around - การวางแผนการ,: การจัดกลยุทธ์

manned: of a machine, a vehicle, a place or an activity having a person to control or operate it - ซึ่งมีคนคอยควบคุม

manoeuvrability: being able to move something around, maneuverability - การวางแผนการ,: การจัดกลยุทธ์

milestone: an event or achievement that marks an important stage in a process - ความสำเร็จอันยิ่งใหญ่

model: a version of a product sold during a certain period of time, a generation of technology or the product - รุ่น

ordinary: not unusual or different in any way - ธรรมดา, ปกติ

pair: two of something - คู่

parachute: a device that is attached to people or objects to make them fall slowly and safely when they are dropped from an aircraft. It consists of a large piece of thin cloth that opens out in the air to form an umbrella shape - ร่มชูชีพ

performance: how well someone does some task or activity; how well they achieve their goals - การปฏิบัติงาน, การทำให้บรรลุผลสำเร็จ

permit: an official document that gives you permission to do something - ใบอนุญาต

personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว

personalise: make something special for one person - ทำให้เป็นส่วนตัว, ทำให้เป็นลักษณะส่วนบุคคล, ทำให้ของบุคคล

pilot: a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job - นักบิน

previous: happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about - แต่ก่อน, เมื่อก่อน

process: a series of things that happen, especially ones that result in natural changes - ขบวนการ, ,การเปลี่ยนแปลง

propel: to move or push someone or something forward - ขับเคลื่อน, ขับดัน

propulsion: the force that moves or pushes something forward - แรงขับเคลื่อน

prototype: a copy or version of a product made before it is produced in large quantities to show it to people - ต้นแบบ, ชิ้นงานที่สร้างขึ้นเป็นแบบฉบับเพื่อสร้างชิ้นงานอื่นให้มีลักษณะเดียวกัน มีรูปทรง ขนาดสัดส่วน โครงสร้างที่แสดงรายละเอียด สามารถใช้งานได้ตามที่ออกแบบไว้ทุกประการ วัสดุที่นำมาสร้างต้นแบบอาจเป็นวัสดุที่ใช้จริง หรือวัสดุทดแทนก็ได้

quantum leap: a very big improvement or change in something -

regulator: an official who makes certain that the companies who operate a system work effectively and fairly - ผู้มีอำนาจควบคุม

remote control: a device used for controlling a machine from a distance - เครื่องควบคุมเครื่องบินหรือจรวดด้วยคลื่นวิทยุ

rocket: a vehicle shaped like a tube that travels very fast up into the air and space - จรวด, เครื่องยนต์จรวด, ขีปนาวุธหรือยานอวกาศที่ขับเคลื่อนด้วยจรวด, พลุ, พลุสัญญาณ, ดอกไม้ไฟ

significant: important - สำคัญ

soar: to fly very high in the air or remain high in the air - บินสูงขึ้นไปในอากาศ

specialised: intended for a limited number of users with specific needs; having very specific uses - เฉพาะด้าน

specialist: a person who is an expert in a particular area of work or study - ผู้ชำนาญเฉพาะทาง

suitable: acceptable or right for someone or something - เหมาะสม

training: teaching people how to do a certain job or activity - การฝึกอบรม, การฝึก, การอบรม

uninhabited: with no people living there; not inhabited - ร้าง

version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น

welding: the process of joining two pieces of metal by heating them and pressing them together, or to become joined by this process - การเชื่อมโลหะ

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