Will You Buy The $100,000 Personal Jetpack? (Video)

Good to know the emergency parachute works! David Murphy reports on the still mythical (but not for much longer) personal jetpack from Martin Aircraft, for PC Mag:

Were only life as cool as The Rocketeer, we’ve often asked ourselves: Flying around the sky with a huge, flame-spewing propulsion device perilously strapped to our backs. It would sure cut down the evening commute… and fry most of our pants.

Well, the $100,000 Martin Aircraft jetpack is but one step closer to actual reality, thanks to a recent and successful test of the system’s emergency parachute.

But let’s back up a second. The personal jetpack is, sadly, nothing like the comic book hero-turned-Disney-movie. It doesn’t spew flames out of its rear to propel users into the air, but the tested version of jetpack does carry enough fuel for a 30 minute flight or so. It’s powered by a water-cooled piston engine that blasts air downward to generate lift.

Martin Aircraft has already tested the 250-pound, carbon fiber jetpack for a full seven-minute flight. Which begs the question: What happens if the engine stops working? At that point, one’s dreams of soaring through the skies would turn into an Icarus-style nightmare, complete with an unhappy, $100,000 hole in the ground to finish the journey…

[continues at PC Mag

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16 Comments on "Will You Buy The $100,000 Personal Jetpack? (Video)"

  1. It’s technically a jetpack.  It’s technically also a small aircraft you’re sitting outside of, rather than inside of.  Which is really what it is at this stage.

    It’s the Atari 2600 (and gawd weren’t the first two thousand, five hundred and ninety-nine Ataris gawd-awful?) of backpackjetpacks.  Another few years and we’ll all be using them.

    Or not. 

  2. It’s technically a jetpack.  It’s technically also a small aircraft you’re sitting outside of, rather than inside of.  Which is really what it is at this stage.

    It’s the Atari 2600 (and gawd weren’t the first two thousand, five hundred and ninety-nine Ataris gawd-awful?) of backpackjetpacks.  Another few years and we’ll all be using them.

    Or not. 

  3. Anonymous | May 31, 2011 at 1:56 am |

    Its not a jetpack. Those are motor driven turbines.

    Pretty cool though…

  4. GoodDoktorBad | May 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm |

    Its not a jetpack. Those are motor driven propeler turbines.

    Pretty cool though…

  5. Grooveboss | May 31, 2011 at 2:01 am |

    not very swift and probably not stable under high winds. maybe if that was part of a mini helicopter, it would work for rescues.

  6. Grooveboss | May 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm |

    not very swift and probably not stable under high winds. maybe if that was part of a mini helicopter, it would work for rescues.

  7. Nothing beats Duke Nukem’s jetpack.

  8. Nothing beats Duke Nukem’s jetpack.

  9. Anonymous | May 31, 2011 at 10:36 am |

    I’ll wait until the prices come down and it’ll be on par with a moped in price and work out all the kinks by the 3rd or 4th gen.

  10. I’ll wait until the prices come down and it’ll be on par with a moped in price and work out all the kinks by the 3rd or 4th gen.

  11. Anonymous | May 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

    I have some doubts that this device will only be priced at $100,000, but it is awesome nevertheless. 

    I wonder how much the fuel costs to fill up?

  12. I have some doubts that this device will only be priced at $100,000, but it is awesome nevertheless. 

    I wonder how much the fuel costs to fill up?

  13. Cant we just bring back rigid air ships and be done with it?

  14. Cant we just bring back rigid air ships and be done with it?

  15. Hello all , Mark the day and five years down the line this jet pack (with some innovations) is going to be the necessity for each of us .. Life without it would be like livivg without your car

  16. Hello all , Mark the day and five years down the line this jet pack (with some innovations) is going to be the necessity for each of us .. Life without it would be like livivg without your car

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