JetPack Aviation is Making an Actual Flying Motorcycle, with $2M in Funding

by Gordon Gottsegen
November 13, 2019

 

The clip above may look like a video game trailer, but it's actually a promo video for JetPack Aviation's flying motorcycle prototype — or as the company calls it, the Speeder. And now this flying motorcycle is closer to reality thanks to brand-new funding.

JetPack Aviation raised a $2 million seed funding round, according to TechCrunch, which will reportedly go towards building the Speeder prototype.

The company first unveiled the Speeder in March. The aircraft flies using four individual turbojet engines that allow it to take off and land vertically. The Speeder can fly autonomously or manually, while stabilizers make controlling the thing easier. It can also reach an altitude of 15,000 feet and top speeds over 150 mph — which is both cool and terrifying at the same time.

Luckily, the Speeder isn't the company's first foray into flying vehicles. JetPack Aviation also builds functioning jetpacks, and the company's CEO and founder David Mayman made a splash when he flew around the Statue of Liberty with one of the jetpacks in 2015. Since then, the company has been working on jetpack R&D and perfecting its Speeder.

The Speeder is intended for military and government use, but the company is also building 20 of them for recreational use. You can pre-order one now if you've got $380,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

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