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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Kiwis invent first 'affordable' jetpack

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So, New Zealand got to the 21st century before everyone else (well, two hours anyway), but now it's just rubbing the future in our face.

The Martin Aircraft Company out of Christchurch has announced it will produce the world's first "domestic" jetpack for only NZ$100,000 (AU$1.92 or so).

The Martin Jetpack consists of two carbon-fibre and Kevlar composite propellers, and has a flight time of 30 minutes and a top speed of 100km/h. The biggest boon is that it runs on unleaded petrol.

Jetpacks? Tick. Blonde bobs? Tick. Silver jumpsuits? Not in our lifetime.

Via Crave CNET UK



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densnet posted a comment   
United States

We had a French guy fly up and down the Grand Canyon (Arizona) using a real one.

 

Maestro posted a comment   

Reminds of the GTA: SA $60 Million dollar project

 

****or posted a comment   

Looks Ridiculous! There is a new form of liquid hydrogen peroxide coming that can will give the real jet packs a lot greater range!

 

Yoda7 posted a comment   

Man I could do with one of those to get to work. Just fly over all the traffic.
Would turn a 1 hour trip by car into a 10 minute one.

 

iPack posted a comment   

I understand Steve Jobs has commissioned his engineers to develop Apples own version, to be released as the iPack sometime next year.

 

ripoff posted a reply   

Slap a shiney sticker on the back, call it an Apple revolution and charge twice as much.

 

temp posted a comment   

Cool!
btw-i see 1 AUD = 1.30865 NZD

 

blaah posted a comment   
New Zealand

funny to see how powerful the Aussie dollar is against the Kiwi. $100,000NZD = $1.92AUD

 

TyP posted a comment   
Australia

This device really does open a big can of worms as far as licenses are concerned but we think that it will at the very least lead to a boost in NZ adventure tourism.

 

DRS posted a comment   

Where do I get one?! How does it perform in varied weather conditions? Any licences required?




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