One of the most disappointing technological realities of present-day is that jetpacks are not yet readily available. Instead, we still have to deal with stupid, fart-face airlines anytime we wanna fly anywhere. The Founding Fathers would be irate. Luckily, that should all be changing pretty soon.
New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft's latest re-design of its Jetpack—the P12, technically still a prototype, the P12 is promised to be very close to the final version of the Martin Jetpack that could be available commercially sometime in mid-2014. As for pricing, it’s predictably high. The Martin Jetpack will cost anywhere between $150,000 and $250,000, excluding the cost of premium gas as well as any costs associated with getting a sports license in the U.S., and purchasing the necessary flying equipment. The P12 is said to reach a top speed of 46 mph, with a max flight time of around 30 minutes.
The numbers in that last sentence are a bit disappointing, but hopefully this prototype will swiftly lead to the ability to jetpack from coast-to-coast, and beyond. [LikeCool]