If you've been waiting and saving up your money for you very own jetpack, that wait is almost over as the first commercially available jetpack will be available for purchase next year. How much does it cost? Doesn't really matter because its a jetpack. Ok, maybe the price tag does matter a little, and the price tag on the Martin jetpack will be around $150,000, which is actually a pretty good deal when you consider that it's a JETPACK!!!!
The Martin Jetpack is made from carbon fibre and aluminium. It eschews the traditional rockets of science-fiction jetpacks, which are powerful but difficult to control, and instead uses fans.
A two-litre petrol engine drives two fans either side of the pilot to lift the jet pack and up to 120kgs of human into the air, along with a low-altitude parachute for use should things go wrong.
After initial test flights in 2011, an updated version was shown off recently at the Paris airshow. It could fly for up to 30 minutes at speeds as fast as 74 kilometres per hour. Pilots will be able to reach altitudes of 1,000m taking off and landing vertically, meaning rooftops, gardens and parking lots are all viable launchpads.