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Old 26th Feb 2010, 04:23   #1 (permalink)
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Worlds' first practical jetpack!!

Going up in the world? Beat the rush hour with first commercial jetpack for 50,000


By Claire Bates
Last updated at 12:37 PM on 25th February 2010


It is the perfect way for city high-fliers to miss the morning rush hour. A company is set to produce the first commercial JETPACKS - and one could be yours for just 50,000.
The traffic jam-beating packs will be manufactured after a multi-million pound deal was signed with an international aircraft company this week.

Martin Aircraft Company, in Christchurch, New Zealand, aims to make 500 packs a year allowing first-person propulsion through the skies for commuters.

The world's first factory making space-age JET PACKS is going into production. It can travel at 60MPH for 30 miles

The 200 horsepower dual-propeller packs can travel at 60mph for up to 30miles on a full tank of fuel. They have been reached heights of 7,800ft in tests.

At 250lbs when empty, the jet pack is not heavy enough to require a pilot's licence, although users will take part in a Martin Jetpack training programme.
However, the gadget is not environmentally friendly burning 10 gallons of fuel per hour - five times as much as the average car.

The 5ft by 5.5ft device is the brainchild of Kiwi inventor Glenn Martin who unveiled his machine for the first time in July last year.

While jetpacks are traditionally powered by jets of escaping gases, the new device uses a gas engine with two ducted fans to provide lift.

Pitch and roll are controlled by one hand, yaw and the throttle by the other.
Martin Aircraft Company chief executive Richard Lauder said the pack could be perfect for the emergency services, private users and even the military.


You won't need a pilot's licence to fly with this jetpack

Mr Lauder said: 'This could be life-saving stuff. For us this is an excellent commercial step.'
The device has safety features to combat the inherent dangers of flying through the air. It has both an internal roll cage to protect the pilot from side impact and a a ballistic parachute system that works at low altitudes.

Jetpacks first emerged in science fiction in the 1920s and were tested by the U.S military by the 1960s, but have never 'taken-off' commercially.

Astronauts on the International Space Station wear rocket packs during space walks called a 'Safer.' This can be used in emergencies should they become detached from the station.

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Old 26th Feb 2010, 07:47   #2 (permalink)
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Cor, it would take me just three minutes to get to work. Not sure I could get it in the bike shed though.
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Old 26th Feb 2010, 13:04   #3 (permalink)

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Absolutely wunnerful, and would be on my toy list if I won the lottery. You would probably just be better flying it around one's estate if one got one (!) because I do believe they have a large noise footprint.
Besides that, I'm sure the Fun Police here would soon have it stopped!
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