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World's first commercial jetpack coming soon

By T.K. Randall
June 27, 2015 · Comment icon 4 comments



The Martin Jetpack is expected to cost $150,000. Image Credit: YouTube / Martin Aircraft
After more than 35 years in development the new Martin Jetpack is due to go on sale next year.
Once relegated to the realms of comic books and early science fiction movies, the idea of owning a personal jetpack might have finally become a reality thanks to an aircraft company in New Zealand that has developed the world's first commercially available version of the device.

The Martin Jetpack shuns rocket-based propulsion in favor of two petrol-powered propellers and can lift weights of up to 120kg in to the air at speeds of 74 kilometers per hour.

The device is particularly convenient as it can lift off or land on practically any surface including rooftops while maintaining a degree of precision control unheard of in most jetpacks.
The initial model can keep going for 30 minutes at a time and will even include an emergency parachute in the unlikely event that it runs in to difficulties high up in the air.

Martin believes that, on top of being a plaything for the wealthy, the device could prove particularly useful to emergency services due to its ability to land in confined spaces.

"I think the first responders will see that as a massive improvement to their capability," said Martin chief executive Peter Coker. "Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time [is crucial]."

The jetpack is set to become available for consumer purchase before the end of next year.



Source: The Guardian | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 7 years ago
My lifelong dream of playing golf with a jetpack shall soon be realized. Now scientists gotta step up their mammoth cloning game because I am hungry for mammoth ribs.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Wickian 7 years ago
My lifelong dream of playing golf with a jetpack shall soon be realized. Now scientists gotta step up their mammoth cloning game because I am hungry for mammoth ribs. I can't think of any better use for bringing extinct animals back to life other than to eat them into extinction again.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Saitung 7 years ago
My lifelong dream of playing golf with a jetpack shall soon be realized. Now scientists gotta step up their mammoth cloning game because I am hungry for mammoth ribs. I can't think of any better use for bringing extinct animals back to life other than to eat them into extinction again. LMAO, Behave you two. LOL As for this post I have only 3 words "I WANT ONE"!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zalmoxis 7 years ago
That's an interesting invention. I dreamt of flying but of course in my dreams I don't wear a jetpack. This jetpack looks very bulky and unwieldy and if given the chance I would have to say no, if I get on that thing I'm probably not gonna land in the same condition.


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