World’s Practical (and Safest) Jet Pack Invented

by Mark R

Okay, time for something that everybody wants to read about, the jet pack! Back when I was a kid, I longed for the day when everyone would have one of these. Considering that this is the new millennium, I am really disappointed that someone has not mass-marketed these by now.

I believe that we are well on our way to jet pack proliferation with designer Glenn Martin’s model. It isn’t really a jet pack, per se, because there are no jets involved. Martin uses two gasoline-fueled 200 horsepower fans, which make the jet pack louder than a jet plane.

I suppose the lack of flaming afterburners is why Martin says that his jetpack is the safest. Another reason is that it comes with a built-in parachute, which will hopefully be a standard safety feature for every jetpack.

I can imagine that machine-assisted flight is probably one of the greatest thrills technology has to offer. It does cost about $250,000, though.

I hope we will soon come to an era when everybody is flying around on jet packs that are not so expensive. Maybe the skies will be filled with jet packers, and I wonder how long it will take for us to cease to be impressed by it.


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Picasso Says: July 30, 2008 at 10:33 am

For the price alone, I’d rather get my thrills buying a new home with all the features and perks like pool, 60″ plasma flat screen, automated kitchen appliances and much much more goodies I could spend 250K and probably have left over to buy a new car cash… Or I can buy this fossil fueled caveman turbine engine to strap on my back and kill myself if anything goes wrong, and if you survive the ride, to go back up will cost a hefty load to refuel with gas prices being so high LOL! No thanks, keep your jet pack, I will buy me a sports car and have way way more fun with girls in the car hahahaha!

Picasso Says: July 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Don’t get me wrong, I think the jey pack is superb and like it says, the longest lasting one so far. But for a person to be working on improving this one project and you get this giant contraption you strap yourself into rather then strap the jet pack on your back, is a big dispappointment, and more so the power source- fossil fueled gasoline. I believe the answer is to make a jet pack work on compressed air, build an engine so powerful yet light weight and small enough to fit in a regular backpack and have it produce compressed air to propell the person into flight. I am no scientist by far but do have a logical means of thinking. 2008 and this is what we have- oh boy :( Will I be alive to enjoy a lightweight jet pack I strap on and not the other way around? In another 27yrs I won’t give a damn because I’ll be too old to try one… I guess I’ll just enjoy my Wii game and hope Wii industries comes up with a virtual enviroment where you can wear a jet pack and fly with no worries LOL!

james Says: July 31, 2008 at 8:46 am

Well yeah a jetpack does cost a lot of money of course but how amazing would it be to fly every where. The problem is i can see drunk kids on those things flying into trees and houses and stuff. Its probably bad for the environment as well. I still like that jetpack and i want a jetpack.

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nafi Says: August 2, 2008 at 6:51 am

Yeah… well… after looking at that… I think this “jet pack” blows…

nafi Says: August 2, 2008 at 6:55 am

Joe said:
Just wanted to clarify one thing – the price. It is actually $100K (US).

Oh, well. In that case… it kind of still blows!

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Glen Says: November 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What- are those against this working for transportation companies? haha

I want one, and someday without big oil interference, these will be pollution free and generate more energy than it consumes.

I would buy one for 10,000 if it could travel 30 km at a height of at least 10 meters above sea level on a single fueling charge. I could hop from mainland BC to Vancouver Island.

Bring on the packs.

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