The Future Now: Jetpacks to Go on Sale Late This Year

Flying cars and robot maids may still be far from reality, but one Jetsons-era vision of the future is very real: the jetpack.

After nearly 30 years in development, New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Company is finally gearing up to sell its jetpack: two rockets driven by a 2-liter, 200-horsepower engine that can theoretically take you as high as 8,000 feet.

The company is currently taking commercial orders, but Martin expects it will be selling the devices to individuals late this year.

With a range of 31 miles and a maximum speed of 63 miles per hour, you’ll be able to jaunt to the store at will, or to the gas station for a fill-up. That’s right, Martin’s jetpack uses ordinary gasoline, not jet or rocket fuel.

The future is now, though it’ll cost you around $100,000. So why buy a jetpack rather than, say, a midsize sailboat or a high-performance motorcycle?

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