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While we don't quite yet live in an era of jetpack travel, we are inching closer and closer thanks to visionaries like the Martin Aircraft Company.

Started by New Zealander Glenn Martin in his garage in the early 1980s, the Martin Aircraft Company has been developing the Martin Jetpack for over 30 years. To date, the company has yet to successfuly in bring a jetpack to the market, but that may change in the upcoming months with the recent release of their twelfth prototype, the P12.



Martin Aircraft's Peter Coker, who was appointed CEO earlier this year, has described the new prototype as a "huge step up," according to a press release on the company's site. "Changing the position of the jetpack's ducts has resulted in a quantum leap in performance over the previous prototype, especially in terms of the aircrafts maneuverability."

Though named a jetpack, ducted fans actually power the P12, which can hit speeds of 60 miles per hour and heights of 8,000 feet. If the P12 were to fail, a safety system would release a parachute to avoid a crash landing at heights above 500 feet. The P12 has a running time of 30 minutes and uses a mixture of premium gasoline and oil.



A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine powers the device, which puts out 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, yet only tips the scale at a minuscule 132 pounds.

The company seems ready to introduce the Martin Jetpack to buyers, with a projected production date of mid-2014, with an estimated cost of $150,000 to $200,000.

Even if that price doesn't scare you away, don't expect to get your hands on a Martin Jetpack any time soon. The first Martin Jetpacks produced will apparently only be used in first responder situations.

[Source: Martin Aircraft Company via Gizmag]

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johnnyhedwardsjr

Why would you need to fly over 10,000 feet exposed to the elements? Do you know what it's like up there?

August 24 2014 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johnnyhedwardsjr

Unless a jet pack is portable they might as well make a jet car that can carry two people.

August 24 2014 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
al pambuena

well based on the law of murphy......one will come through somebody's roof.

October 25 2013 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glenn Williams

The fan pack is super loud in the video. Imagine 5 or 10 of them flying in the same area?

October 25 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
starla

A jet pack was demonstrated at the 1964 NY World's Fair. It was a working model. I remember the same machine was used in the classic sci-fi tv show, Lost in Space. That was the last I ever saw of it.

October 25 2013 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sekinu2

Its a fan pack not a jet pack huge difference here.

October 25 2013 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johnstansfield3

A parachute will save you at heights above 500 feet. And if you happen to be at 400 feet when the tank goes dry?

October 25 2013 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hipcat442

Probably a better design but its a fan pack now. Not a jet pack. Looks like it is more maneuverable but sluggish. It appears to need to be lightened up. Guys assisting in the initial liftoff maybe due to ground turbulence.

Cool but probably not ever usable for the general public even if the price came down 90%

October 25 2013 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

.......so for $200,000....I can buzz around an open pasture ?.....the demonstration is not very impressive..

October 25 2013 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drakkusshadows

132 pounds!!! I think I'll wait for the compact version. I hear it should come out by 2088.

October 25 2013 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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