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!
A bit of history…
Like many science fiction concepts, the jetpack design has become firmly entrenched in the collective psyche: ask anyone to draw you a jetpack and they will give you a man with two fiery pods [...]
Rocketeers, rejoice! That Martin Aircraft Company jetpack we’ve been teasing you about for a while is going to be produced at a rate of 500 units a year and sold. For a cool $75,000, you’re looking at a 200-horsepower, dual propeller flying machine, one that reaches heights of nearly 8,000 feet and cruises along at 60 miles per hour. With a range of 30 miles on one tank of fuel, it’s perfect for trips to the grocery store!
Also, fun for your neighbors: weighing in at less than 254 pounds means that Martin jetpacks don’t require a pilot’s license to operate. Who thought [...]