A company which is developing JETPACKS has launched a crowdfunding campaign.
JetPack Aviation aims to raise £300,000 on Seedrs and will invest the funds in further research and development for its JB-10 JetPack and ‘vertical takeoff and landing’ aircraft.
Company founders David Mayman and Nelson Tyler have worked together for the past decade to make the JB-10 JetPack a reality.
Slated for public launch in 2017, the JB-10 has a proven track record and is regularly demonstrated to huge public acclaim by aviation buff Mayman.
The company CEO 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.
“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, so we want to give the crowdfunding community a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in turning a dream into reality.”
Its designer Tyler has been a successful inventor and product developer for 55 years. Amongst many accolades, he has won three Oscars for technical achievement in the motion picture industry.
He is supported by a group of specialists with expertise ranging from turbine engine design to electrical and computer engineering.
Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, said: “Flying to work with a jetpack strapped to your back may be everyone’s favourite science fiction fantasy alongside teleportation and personal space travel, but this is a serious scientific invention that could have huge implications for the aviation sector.
“This funding round is a chance for everyone to get on board with further development of the JB-10 and we are so excited to welcome David Mayman and JetPack Aviation onto Seedrs.”
JetPack Aviation is now in negotiations with the US military on how the JB-10 could be deployed in the field, and with “one of the largest sports marketing companies” about sponsoring a series of jetpack races.Media coverage of a flight in New York was shared millions of times.