Martin Aircraft Company Ltd (ASX:MJP), a New Zealand based developer of jetpacks, has signed an agreement to use rotary engines built by Rotron Power Limited, a subsidiary of the UK-based Gilo Industries Group Limited.
Martin Aircraft is currently developing the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first practical jetpack, with potential search and rescue, military, recreational and commercial applications, both manned and unmanned.
Martin Aircraft is moving away from the custom designed and built two stroke V4 engine presently used on Martin Jetpack test aircraft.
Following an engine study, Martin Aircraft selected the Rotron rotary engine which reflects a completely new approach to vertical take-off and landing propulsion both in manned and unmanned air vehicle operations.
It delivers a higher power-to-weight ratio, while remaining small, lightweight and reliable with almost zero vibration and delivers greater fuel and payload flexibility.
Testing and evaluation have been taking place at the Rotron UK test facilities since late last year with the assistance of representatives from Martin Aircraft.
Martin Aircraft, which was listed on the ASX in February 2015, is aiming to deliver its first experimental jetpacks to customers this year, a big development for the new technology.
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