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The world’s first jetpack is yours for $150,000

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Just when you were beginning to think that Hollywood has been lying to us about the gadgets in our future, along comes the world’s first jetpack to put our fears at rest – or at least tide us over until somebody invents a flying car. It’s called Martin – or Marty to its mates – and will go on sale next year for $150,000.

This is not the first we’ve heard from of Martin, as the New Zealand-based company began developing the one-man flyer nearly 35 years ago. Needless to say, there’s been more setbacks than breakthroughs over a period of more than three decades, but after successful test flights in 2011, the company disproved its critics and earned its right to eternal smugness.

Before you go blindly adding jetpacks to your Amazon basket, though, you probably want to know a bit more about what you’re getting. There are other important questions too – for instance, how does it work? How fast does it go? And will you die flying it?

Let’s see if we can answer some of those. First of all, it’s made from carbon-fibre and aluminum, and uses high-powered fans to lift you up, rather than the more ‘traditional’ rockets favored by science fiction writers and James Bond. Powering those fans is a two-liter petrol engine, capable of 30 minutes of flying, a speed of 45 MPH and an altitude of 1,000 meters.

As for the small matter of safety and whether you will survive your flight, we’re going to have to take their word for it. Apparently it comes with a parachute though, as well as ‘multiple warning systems.’ Which is nice.

According to Martin’s announcement, the jetpack will go on sale in the second half of 2016 – although it will be shipping to emergency services first, before a personal version is released later in the year.

Late 2016 might seem like a long way away, but at least there’s plenty of time to start saving. In the meantime, take a look at Martin’s website for more info.

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