Many a morning on a stalled subway car involves dreams of personal jetpacks wafting through my commute-addled brain. So that same brain lit up with cautious excitement on news that a much-hyped jetpack from New Zealand's Martin Aircraft has gotten the green light for manned test flights.
"For us, it's a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we're now in a position to commercialize and take forward very quickly," Martin Aircraft CEO Peter Coker told news agency AFP.
If the manned-flight tests go as hoped, Martin says a jetpack for the general public could hit the market in 2015 (and by general public, we mean people with at least $100,000 to spare). A version designed for the military and first-responder emergency crews could be ready for delivery a year before that. … Read more