There are times when human beings simply don’t take no for an answer. We’ve got two legs, two arms and a head – that’s it. There are no flippers, fins or wings connected to any of us (that I know of), yet that hasn’t stopped us from diving to the deepest depths and or soaring high above the earth. The water thing I get, because we do ok there, soaring along with the birds though, well that’s another matter entirely. Sure we have airplanes and gliders and while those machines get us up in the air, they still keep us trapped inside of an encapsulated bubble. To truly get the experience of flight we need to be exposed to the elements and feel the wind in our hair so-to-speak. Hang gliders are about the closest thing to that we’ve got, but since there’s no propulsion system we’re clearly at the mercy of the wind.
Enter the personal Jetpack like the one you see here. The idea is nothing new, in fact it originally came out in the 1960’s. Yes they did launch us into the sky, but with very little in the way of fuel reserves (26 seconds worth) and with no safety features one had to be VERY careful or they’d drop like a stone. The Martin Jetpack sets out to solve these problems by offering a device that gives the owner around 30 minutes of flight time while operating at around 60 mph. With a rapid deploying parachute, roll cage structure and shock absorbing undercarriage, the Martin Jetpack seeks to make individual flight a reality. Powered by a 2.0-liter V4 2-stroke engine and holding 5 gallons of fuel the Martin Jetpack can supposedly get a person a distance of 31 miles. It also has a ceiling of 8000 feet which is not too shabby. Now, while I guarantee you will never see my ass strapped to one of these things, I have no doubt that adventure seekers the world over would be giddy at the chance to jump in and try one out.