Dubai's Jetpacks for Fighting Skyscraper Fires
Dubai has an impressive skyline filled with skyscrapers. It looks amazing, but those skyscrapers are a challenge when things go wrong. In order to make it easier for first responders and fire fighters to access these buildings, they've purchased a fleet of 20 high-tech jetpacks. The jetpacks were purchased from Martin Aricraft Company along with two training simulators for the Dubai Civil Defense service. The goal is to make reaching the top floors of buildings easier whether it's for fires or other emergency situations. With the recent massive fire at a skyscraper on New Year's Eve, such a solution couldn't come at a better time. RELATED: Dubai Police Go Green With BMW i8
They even envision these as a way to rescue people with a responder towing a train of unmanned jetpacks that could then be loaded up to tow people back down to safety. That's some pretty fancy flying from jetpacks that are not as light and maneuverable as what we usually see.
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According to The Verge, each one has twin ducted fans powered by a V4 engine and can fly up to 3,000 feet high. Top speed is 74 mph and they can fly for around 30 minutes at a time. This tech doesn't come cheap. The price per unit is $150,000. That's no big deal to Dubai, which already has a fleet of supercars for its police officers.
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