June 28, 2007 7:50 PM   Subscribe

Jetpack! Get yours for $250K.
posted by Burhanistan (23 comments total)

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That 3 min ride does not come cheap at $250,000 but it does include free training.

Lies. The training is worth at least $100,000.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:03 PM on June 28, 2007

Yes YES the future has arrived! If I can combine a segway with a jetpack, I will be unstoppable!

by small children and people in wheelchairs
posted by spec80 at 8:05 PM on June 28, 2007

If I were filthy fucking rich, I would be preordering this RIGHT NOW. Alas.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:17 PM on June 28, 2007

If someone doesn't buy me one within the next 24 hours I may be forced to "abort" my idea of owning one.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:23 PM on June 28, 2007

I will be unstoppable!

Yeah. For a few seconds.
posted by c13 at 8:24 PM on June 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

It's about time the future got here. I've been waiting for decades.
posted by lekvar at 8:25 PM on June 28, 2007

Click the link. He was the poster incredibly disappointed with the fact that that post wasn't talking about flying in real life.
posted by invitapriore at 9:00 PM on June 28, 2007

Wow.. 19 minutes flight time on 5 gallons of fuel. I suppose it'd be fun to fly around a big city for that length of time.

Interestingly enough, they don't mention safety anywhere...
posted by spiderskull at 9:04 PM on June 28, 2007

Let's all go find us some windmills, fast 007.
posted by Viomeda at 9:05 PM on June 28, 2007

It sort of looks like the helicopter in the video is towing the guy around, with the jetpack stabilizing / steering the guy. Correct me if I'm wrong here.
posted by churl at 9:57 PM on June 28, 2007

Upon watching all the videos on their site, this one kind of implies there's nothing towing him from above. Although it's not totally conclusive. This site needs a FAQ.
posted by churl at 10:03 PM on June 28, 2007

After reading this, I found this guy, who lets us decide; Jetpack, Lightsaber, or Ray Gun?
The democratization of science has arrived!
posted by bidrattler at 10:38 PM on June 28, 2007

Why isn't this in 250 point font on the cover of every newspaper in the world. This is huge. I've lived my whole life wanting to step outside, kiss my wife and children, have them give me my lunch, and then shoot off into the air to my daily job at Spacely Sprockets. If I can get one of those machines that dresses me, too, my life will be complete.

I'm looking for $400,000 $150,000 houses.
posted by jimmythefish at 10:50 PM on June 28, 2007

How likely is it that one of the nozzles will stop firing? This is scary because the jet pack has to be 100.000% dependable.
posted by rolypolyman at 10:53 PM on June 28, 2007

posted by fshgrl at 11:11 PM on June 28, 2007

I saw this jetpack company randomly as I was flipping through channels the other day, I think it was OC Choppers had just built a bike for the company and the guy came in on a jetpack for the unveiling. They said you couldn't fly for very long but it definitely seemed to work.
posted by sophist at 11:35 PM on June 28, 2007

I'm not quite understanding the price...somebody help me out. They're charging quarter of a million dollars for this thing? Does it cost anywhere near that to manufacture? I can't imagine.

That said, when the price is the same as a luxury car, it'll sell like sliced hotcakes.
posted by zardoz at 12:41 AM on June 29, 2007

I call shenanigans. Watched the video and the guy didn't put so much as one piece of rocket on top of another. Also, no purple fuel cells. No wonder it only lasts for a few minutes before running out.
posted by motty at 6:04 AM on June 29, 2007

Totally worth it, if only to recreate this scene.
posted by mckenney at 8:16 AM on June 29, 2007 [1 favorite]

I'm actually a little confused. All of the videos that I see are showing rocket packs, like the one used in the Bond film. The ones that have a sub 1 minute fly time and use hydrogen peroxide as a fuel.

But on their equipment page, they list the new one they are building that uses a turbine (which would actually make it a jet-pack.) But I can't seem to find any video or photos of it. Supposedly it jumps the flight time from 45 seconds to 19 minutes?

Are we sure this isn't vaporware? That's a hell of an improvement.
posted by quin at 9:36 AM on June 29, 2007

Jet Pack T-73
Estimated Flight Time: 19 minutes
Estimated Distance: 27 miles
Estimated Speed: 83 mph.
Estimated Max Height: 250ft
Max Pilot Weight: 180 lbs.

<puts down donut, waddles off towards treadmill>
posted by hangashore at 9:55 AM on June 29, 2007 [1 favorite]

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