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...
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I’m really not sure how much I’m looking forward to this – I’m imagining having to constantly look up to avoid falling debris from midair collisions while walking the streets of Manhattan… From Business Week/GizMag:
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It’s been a long time coming. While Arthur C. Clarke’s satellites have taken to space, and James Bond’s futuristic mobile technology has become common place, still the dream of sustained personal flight has eluded us. But the future is here! Finally we can all take flight as Martin Aircraft in New Zealand releases the first commercially-available jet pack!
Tell what I really want to know: how can I get my hands on one?
After nine prototypes Martin Aircraft have an accurate expectation for how much a jetpack will cost, and suggest that at $86,000 it is pitched at the level of a high-end car. As sales and production volume increase they expect this to drop to the price of a mid-range car.
It’s time to live the dream: jetpacks from Martin Jetpacks are now on sale. If you’re able to plunk down $86,000, one could be yours in twelve months. The Martin Jetpack gives you 30 minutes of flight time, tops out at 60 miles per hour, and has mechanisms designed to correct for operator flight error, supposedly reducing the chance of fatal mistakes in the air. No license is needed to fly this in the United States, as of now.