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We’re Finally Getting Jetpacks

Submitted by on August 19, 2013 – 8:54 amNo Comment

The future has finally arrived- almost. The first commercially-available jetpack is set to be released next year.

Glenn Martin founded Martin Air Craft in 2004, after tinkering in his garage for twenty years. The result is now a single-person device that can fly higher and farther than the experimental jetpacks that have come before it, and one that has the stamp of approval from the New  Zealand aviation authorities. The Next Web rightly points out that the device technically doesn’t appear to be jet powered (it uses fans with no apparent additional thrust), and is a little to big to call a “pack” (it stands over 7 feet tall), but hey, we don’t need to split hairs.

Using radio controls (and a dummy in the pilot seat), the Martin team took the pack for a spin to show that it could really fly at a notable level:

The company says that they’re currently getting a lot of interest from first responders and fire departments.

But what about private aviation enthusiasts? Living this vision of the future will only set you back $150,000-$175,000. But the pack runs on normal gasoline, and you know what gas prices are like these days, so don’t forget to figure that in.

Would you buy a jetpack? Let us know in the Comments section.

[via NPR]

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