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The $100,000 wearable Martin jetpack lifts off next year

Let’s face it. A water-based jetpack isn’t exactly the most practical way to get to the office, but what about one that uses wind turbines to propel you across the city? That sounds a little more useful, which is why it is utterly awesome to hear that the Martin jetpack will be available in 2012. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that you’ll need to start saving up your allowance money and cash out your retirement fund, because this jetpack is going to put you back a cool $100,000. I guess that’s not terribly expensive in the grand scheme of things, but it’s not the cheapest commuter option either. You might remember the Martin jetpack from when it was first unveiled in prototype form a couple years ago. Some minor tweaks were made, but the commercial version is largely unchanged.

Power comes by way of a two-stroke custom gas engine that is used to spin a pair of ducted fans. That’s where you get your thrust and then steering is done by a an electronic, fly-by-wire system. I think that’s better than the cable and pulley steering that we had seen previously. The jetpack is classified as ultralight under FAA standards, so you won’t need a license either. It is limited to 30 minutes of flight and a max speed of 63mph, though.

Somehow, I imagine we’re going to hear news stories of a bunch of rich idiots crashing these into their yachts and mansions. Sigh, I would love to be a rich idiot.

 

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  • Tim Greaton

    Great post. Rich idiots are indeed lucky :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tesla-Berry/100003892763288 Tesla Berry

    for half the price you could probably buy a pretty sweet one man helicopter that has far better performance. and because its small can land just about anywhere the jetpack can.

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    What if the parachute doesn’t deploy?

  • http://twitter.com/Alboooz Alboooz

    That’s to big, noisy and it seem is problem landing…it must be a great jock!
    There is better possibilities than this…i might need a garage to work few days!

  • Anonymous

    It’ll be withdrawn from use in cities. No city council or mayor is going to allow such a noisy machine in their city once the public finds out how loud it is. :)