World’s first commercial jetpack set for 2016 launch
The world’s first commercially available personal jetpack goes on sale in 2016 – with a $150,000 price tag.
The Martin Jetpack has been developed over the past 35 years, the dream of then university student, New Zealander Glenn Martin. Tests in New Zealand of the initial prototype in 2011 saw the manned jetpack successfully fly at least 1,000 meters off the ground before landing via parachute.
It runs on a V4 200 horsepower gas engine that drives two ducted fans and can fly for more than 30 minutes at up to 74 kilometers per hour and altitudes of up to 1000 meters. It can carry a commercial payload of up to 120 kilograms.
First deliveries of the jetpack are scheduled for the second-half of 2016.