JetPack's Speeder VTOL vehicle is one of 35 selected for evaluation by the U.S. Air Force and Special Forces in a challenge event organized by the Afwerx division of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
The Speeder is a VTOL air vehicle being developed for various applications including personal transportation, military operations, and emergency medical support. JetPack Aviation started flying an initial prototype in tethered mode from December 2020, and plans to fly further prototypes with an initial goal of achieving military airworthiness approval in 2024.
In July 2021, JetPack said it is ready to start taking pre-0rders for the vehicle. It has yet to publish a firm timeline for the program. The company is working with Prometheus Fuels to explore the possible use of fuels produced by the latter's Titan Fuel Forge process that reclaims atmospheric carbon by stripping carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules from the air and “energizing” them into hydrocarbons that can be made into any type of fuel.
In August 2021, the Speeder was selected by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command to participate in its High Speed VTOL Concept Challenge.