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Martin Jetpack Makes Flying Possible for $86,000

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Soon the first commercially available jetpack will hit the market and as long as you've got $86,000 to spare, nothing stands in your way of purchasing one. You don't even need a pilot's license.

Constructed from carbon fiber composite, the Martin Jetpack weighs 250 lbs (excluding safety equipment) and is 5 ft high by 5.5 ft wide by 5 ft long. Gizmag reports it's driven by a 2.0 L V4 2 stroke engine rated at 200 hp (150 kw) and two 1.7 ft wide rotors made from carbon/Kevlar composite. It runs on regular gasoline, can reach heights of 8,000 ft and has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes.

Martin Aircraft says that as sales and production volume increase they expect the $86,000 to drop to the price of a mid-range car. According to Gizmag, a 10 percent deposit buys you a production slot for 12 months hence; progress payments are made during manufacture with final payment due on delivery.

Ordering starts later this year so check out Martin Aircraft's website for more details.

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    mlopinto2k1 , March 10, 2010 2:56 PM
    kingnoobeRich man's toy. Even if the price drops to a mid range car. From the video doesn't look fast, and only 30 minutes. Other then to say you have one, there's not really a logical reasoning to get one.

    Your joking right? This type of idea has been in the works for years and now that they finally have a publicly available version your gonna dismiss it? Wow.
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    rajangel , March 10, 2010 2:47 PM
    this makes me happy to be alive. who knew that in a year or two ill be buck rodgers!
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    10tacle , March 10, 2010 2:57 PM
    I'm not sure why they call it a "jetpack" because this is ducted fan technology, not rocket or jet propelled, like that true "Buck Rogers" jetpack from the 60s-70s that NASA experimented with.

    In any event it looks like real fun. Imagine taking off in your back yard and buzzing your neighborhood over the trees (and watch out for power lines!). But I do know one thing - I'd hate to lose than engine at altitude because there is no gliding back to earth here.
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    rajangel , March 10, 2010 2:47 PM
    this makes me happy to be alive. who knew that in a year or two ill be buck rodgers!
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    kingnoobe , March 10, 2010 2:49 PM
    Rich man's toy. Even if the price drops to a mid range car. From the video doesn't look fast, and only 30 minutes. Other then to say you have one, there's not really a logical reasoning to get one.
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 10, 2010 2:56 PM
    kingnoobeRich man's toy. Even if the price drops to a mid range car. From the video doesn't look fast, and only 30 minutes. Other then to say you have one, there's not really a logical reasoning to get one.

    Your joking right? This type of idea has been in the works for years and now that they finally have a publicly available version your gonna dismiss it? Wow.
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    10tacle , March 10, 2010 2:57 PM
    I'm not sure why they call it a "jetpack" because this is ducted fan technology, not rocket or jet propelled, like that true "Buck Rogers" jetpack from the 60s-70s that NASA experimented with.

    In any event it looks like real fun. Imagine taking off in your back yard and buzzing your neighborhood over the trees (and watch out for power lines!). But I do know one thing - I'd hate to lose than engine at altitude because there is no gliding back to earth here.
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    kenwheeler77 , March 10, 2010 2:59 PM
    This isn't a replacement for today's modern car and it's not touted to be in this article. This is a great achievement though to be able to produce and sell this publicly for less than some of the BMW & Mercedes sedans. No, most of us can't or wouldn't afford it. No, it's not very practical... yet. Makes you wonder what Jetpack v2 or v3 will be though!
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    frozenlead , March 10, 2010 3:00 PM
    I wonder if this would be any more cost/fuel efficient than driving to work (if your work is less than 30 minutes away, and it doesn't happen to be raining/snowing/reallyfreakingcold).
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    traesta , March 10, 2010 3:01 PM
    not really a jet pack ...this thing is just two leaf blowers on steroids... I want something like in the movie rocketman!!!
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2010 3:06 PM
    I can picture that once I graduate from high school I'd be overjoyed to get a drivers licence and a jetpack licence...

    Although I think they might need use a different fuel than gasoline as by the time the jetpack is affordable gasoline will not be...
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 10, 2010 3:10 PM
    They will figure out something that works better. Think of this as the wright brothers first airplane. It'll get better. The only things I don't like about this design, right away, is the size and the engine and fan noise. Otherwise I think it's pretty darn cool.
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    mrmotion , March 10, 2010 3:12 PM
    That's freaking awesome! Looking forward to hearing about their further advancements.
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    akhodjaev , March 10, 2010 3:13 PM
    Even you can buy it, i am not sure, you cannot come with it to your work or do shopping with it.

    Does this company have to go thru government to clear flying regulations.

    On top of it, i live in DC and it is strictly no-fly zone. you come on this thing, they will take you down with F16.

    So be prepared.

    But I would consider it for the future... again to take short cut, i do not think you will be able to fly over somebodies roof.
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    diablocricki , March 10, 2010 3:24 PM
    I thinks it's awesome. If this is successful, maybe a big automaker will start producing it and that will definitely get the price in the motorcycles range. Again, I think it's a cool toy.
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    jonnyboyC , March 10, 2010 3:29 PM
    This is amazing, when i was reading it was like ok probably max hieght of 40 ft, then i scroll down 8000ft hall crap, while probably not practical at all, this may end up being at resorts as sort of like, fly a jet pack for an half and hour for $150, and that would be just amazing.
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    ricardok , March 10, 2010 3:37 PM
    Why not using an small combustion engine to power up an electrical motor??

    @10tacle: nothing beats a parachute to get back down. :) 
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    tsnor , March 10, 2010 3:38 PM
    think they meant "Martian Jetpack" ?
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2010 4:24 PM
    @akhodjaev - Put it in the same class as an ultralight aircraft. No license to fly, no flight plan to file. Yes it will still have to respect the no flyzones, but good luck tracking something this small, radar has gotten better over the years but it's not perfect and something this small might get overlooked by the control tower.

    It will be the coolest thing when someone drops into the local gas station to fill it up then take off again, that day will be epic!!
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    gekko668 , March 10, 2010 4:26 PM
    I wonder how loud the engine is.
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    will_chellam , March 10, 2010 4:32 PM
    I bet this thing handles strong winds at altitude real well - I dont think I'd fancy that... although im dying to have a go ;) 

    I always really wanted one of those parachutes with the fan you strap to your back.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2010 4:53 PM
    Its an amazing piece of kit to see ae, sounds pretty awesome 2. good ol inventions from canterbury new zealand ryt, stick that beside the brittan etc. been an awesome uni project for fellow engineering student for a few years now
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    shin0bi272 , March 10, 2010 4:55 PM
    not knocking it or anything cause its cool and all but it does seem kind of expensive for a couple of large fans and a rotary motor and some controls (and maybe a seat belt and helmet). I mean look at the advancements that paul moller made in rotary engine technology. The rotary engine (think evenrude outboard motor engine) is the only real cost effective engine that has the power to weight ratio to enable this kind of machine. If the motor for this was provided by freedom motors that's moller's sister company. On the positive side though if it doesnt go above 10ft in the air you dont need a pilots license to fly it but then what would be the point in it...
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