Jetpack technology to be used on construction sites
Aviation start-up Maverick Aviation have developed a jetpack system that could replace costly helicopter operations and time-consuming traditional inspections on hard-to-reach parts of construction sites.
Construction Enquirer reports that the jetpack is the brainchild of Hollywood animatronics expert Matt Denton and Royal Navy Commander Antony Quinn.
The system uses four miniature jet engines, each around the size of a rugby ball. It operates using a unique Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) system and is designed to be operated hands-free via an intuitive autopilot system, allowing operators to multitask and make safer flights and carry out precision landings on hard-to-reach structures onsite, such as wind turbines or buildings.
Antony Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Maverick Aviation, said: “The jetpack uses the same sort of jet engines that you see on a passenger plane, only ours are the size of a rugby ball.
“Before, people would have used a £30m helicopter to perform some simple tasks, we can offer a more tailored solution at a fraction of the cost.”