Jetpack launched for hard-to-reach construction sites

Grant Prior 3 months ago
Share

A new jetpack prototype has been launched in a bid to transform the way challenging maintenance and inspection work is carried-out on site.

Maverick Aviation CTO Matt Denton and CEO Antony Quinn
Maverick Aviation CTO Matt Denton and CEO Antony Quinn

Experts at Maverick Aviation believe their jetpack can replace costly helicopter operations and time-consuming traditional inspections on inaccessible sites.

The jetpack is the brainchild of Hollywood animatronics expert Matt Denton and Royal Navy Commander Antony Quinn.

It uses a unique Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) system and is designed to be operated hands-free, allowing people to make safer flights, and precision landings on structures that are difficult to access — from wind turbines to buildings and construction projects.

Advanced manufacturing techniques like 3D printing and materials including aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre make the jetpack very light allowing it to travel at between 10mph and 30mph depending on the task.

The control system is extremely intuitive and the operator can switch on an in-built autopilot so they can multi-task while in flight if necessary.

Early work on the control system software was funded by a £97,000 grant from Innovate UK, secured by Maverick’s grant partner Catax.

The first manned test flight is scheduled for next summer and the company is about to start seeking further investment to take the jetpack to market. 

Co-founder Matt Denton is well regarded for his work on animatronics and control systems, having worked on numerous Star Wars movies that saw him develop the BB-8 droid from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Antony Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Maverick Aviation, added: “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. 

“What is unique about what we’re doing is the computer-controlled autopilot system that makes flying effortless and easy to control with precision. That’s how we have changed jetpacks from exciting to useful. 

“It’s so intuitive to fly that the cost of training is going to be low, so you’re going to have all sorts of professionals suddenly able to work in the most inaccessible environments safely and quickly.

“I realised that the growing onshore and offshore wind industry really needed a solution like this. Their engineers climb up ladders inside these structures for hours each day and, in an emergency situation, it’s almost impossible to get down quickly. Drones can be useful for inspections, but in many circumstances you need to get an engineer up there. 

“During tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, the number of possible use cases just kept on mounting and I realised how big the opportunity was. The potential is almost endless.

“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.”

 

Latest news

Massive Stewart Milne development goes into administration

Countesswells new town now in hands of administrators
3 days ago

Race starts for £2.5bn Ministry of Justice framework

Frameworks cover projects up to £30m and are divided into regional lots
2 hours ago

London Uni submits North Acton high-rise tower cluster plan

Plans in for eight buildings ranging between 6-32 storeys in North Acton
1 hour ago

Galliard forms new partnership to build 850 homes

Work to start on £300m Brimingham and Ipswich developments by next spring
2 hours ago

Engineers battle to repair power network after Storm Arwen

Large sections of overhead power lines need to be rebuilt after "worst damage for 20 years"
2 hours ago

Leeds £270m Lisbon Square towers approved

Work to start in the Spring on residential and office scheme
11 hours ago

Green light for £65m canalside scheme in Wolverhamption

Construction to start next summer on transformation of brownfield site
2 hours ago

Ex-Laing O’Rourke boss to head rejigged BAM UK business

BAM names new chief for combined UK and Ireland businesses in growth push
3 days ago

Robertson submits £150m Cardiff Arena plan

Arena work to start next Autumn with wider Atlantic Wharf regen scheme to follow
3 days ago

HS2 pioneers first ‘box-slide’ bridge over motorway

BBV will start initial site preparation over the Christmas holiday period
4 days ago

Rocks smash site huts as quarry blast goes wrong

Breedon Trading Ltd fined £300,000 after court hears worker was forced to run for cover
3 days ago

Sellafield names £250m HVAC key delivery partners

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and EJ Parker Technical Services take first integrated team deal
4 days ago

Cut-price home builds quadruple maintenance cost

Mount Anvil study attempts to quantify link between Capex and Opex costs
3 days ago

Ray O’Rourke to step down from Group Chief Executive role

New CEO Seamus French to join from mining giant Anglo American
4 days ago

TClarke on track for £500m revenue target

Orders surge to £525m setting fresh record for M&E specialist
4 days ago

Northern contractors still reeling from rail cancellations

Firms fear "economic black hole which will have a huge impact on regional SME contractors"
4 days ago

Go-ahead for McAlpine’s £43m Edinburgh concert hall job

Work to start next year on first concert venue in Edinburgh for over 100 years
4 days ago

Miller Homes fined £200,000 for polluting dyke

Court hears details of second incident at same Huddersfield site
5 days ago

Plans in for £60m Stoke goods yard quarter

Bowmer & Kirkland are working on the scheme under a pre-construction agreement
4 days ago

Quinn Infrastructure goes into administration

Rail M&E specialist contractor stops work on sites
5 days ago

Farrans to build £30m rotating Glasgow footbridge

Steel price rises blamed for 40% jump in rotating bridge cost
5 days ago

Brickability buys renewable energy specialist

Materials distributor buys new housing green energy specialist
5 days ago

RSK swoops for Yorkshire surveying specialist

Infrastructure surveying specialist Centara employs 60 staff
5 days ago

Former Amey director takes reins at renamed SSE Contracting

Zak Houlahan to lead Enerveo from December
5 days ago

Bouygues wins £30m Swansea zero carbon office

Firm to break ground in coming weeks on The Kingsway project
5 days ago

Sisk names new UK framework director

Rebecca Hartshorn to take on Scape framework development
5 days ago

Expanded starts work on giant HS2 station box

Construction will see 690,000 cubic metres of clay removed
6 days ago

Builders slam plans for electric car chargers in all new homes

Construction firms will foot the bill while electricity companies make the profits
7 days ago

Kier set for £32m Bournemouth council flats job

Work to start next year on four blocks of flats rising to 10 storeys
6 days ago

Severfield rises with record orders after strong first half

Orders soar to nearly £400m after Everton stadium award, shed and HS2 wins
6 days ago

Contractor services