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OWN YOUR VERY OWN JETPACK!

14 April 2011
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If science fiction movies are to be believed by the year 2000 we should have all been zipping around on hover boards, driving flying cars and screaming through the sky on our very own jetpacks.

Now thanks to a New Zealand company the jetpacks may be one step closer.

It's called The Martin Jetpack and will set you back around about $75,000!

The device is a personal strap-on flying machine and it's in the final stages of development, with plans of having them available by Christmas time.

The American's are keen to starting using the awesome inventions to help with military operations as well as patrolling the border to keep out pesky illegal immigrants.

"We've had 2500 people sign up for one so far, and plenty of them from Australia," Inventor Glenn Martin stated.

"We know of someone that would love to do stunts flying across Sydney Harbour. How amazing would that be?" Mr Martin said.

The jetpack consists of a two-litre, jet powered engine that can reach speeds up to 100km/h and reach a height of around 50 metres, and fly for thirty minutes at a time.

"It's basic physics. As Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So when you shoot lots of air down very fast you go up and you're flying."

And while the Aussie government hasn't officially put in an order, The Australian Defence Force has been certainly checking out the company’s website.

"It's the fourth biggest visitor to our site after Boeing, NASA and the SAS, so something's going on there," Martin laughed.

"Maybe they've just got an employee who thinks it's so cool they spend all day checking it out."




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