jetpacks

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…