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    Huff Post -

    The Martin Aircraft Company has created the first jetpack that will be commercially available, the Daily Mail reports.

    The jetpack has a height of five feet, width of five-and-a-half feet and a length of five feet, and features a dual-propeller construction that uses fans to provide lift instead of jets of exhaust gas.
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    oh my.
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Good. Maybe now people will shut the fuck up about jetpacks for awhile.
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Meh, that's just a couple of fans-on-steroids strapped to that guy's back.

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    Oh wow. This is going to generate some really great headlines. And that will be before we have to ban rednecks from riding them around in wildlife preserves.
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    I only want it if it will jump me between dimensions, RASL-style.

    Otherwise, I'm waiting for my fucking Rocketeer jetpack.
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    Looks just like the jetpack that Chris Sprouse drew for Global Frequency.
    • CommentAuthorLaemeur
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    I wonder how much it weighs. I wonder because it would be interesting to see, if it's light enough, how someone who flies it for a while would learn to use their legs for stabilization and maneuvering.
    • CommentAuthorIllogic
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    You'd have to fly pretty high up to avoid making people deaf from the looks of it...
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    Okay, then where's my flying car?
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    Surely a "jetpack" that doesn't employ jets is not, in fact, a jetpack?

    Personal helicopter, boys. Been around since the '50s.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010 edited
    Well a jet is, from an engineering standpoint, a machine that takes a low-pressure incoming fluid (in this case, air), compresses it, and spits it out the other end at high pressure to create thrust. If all you're doing is burning fuel, you're just making a rocket.

    Wiki source here.

    EDIT: Yes, yes, a rocket is technically a jet, too. But my point is that this is likely some kind of turbofan, rather than strictly a helicopter/turboprop.
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    On the one hand, it's bulky, and it can't go for a long period of time. On the other hand, think of the potential for remote personal rescue situations where helicopters and such can't reach easily (provided that there's actual lift, rather than simply hover capacity).
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    i can haz jetpack then? or not? no? no?
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    Until it comes equipped with paintball gattling guns, I'll get by with my own two feet. When it -does-, however.....
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    Wait, i thought we were promised anti-gravity boots?