07 Jun '11, 4am

After 30 years of development, NZ inventor aims to have his jetpack invention on the market within 18 months

After 30 years of development, NZ inventor aims to have his jetpack invention on the market within 18 months

Jetpack inventor Glenn Martin shows his creation in Christchurch. The jetpack, which has taken 30 years to develop, is expected to be commercially available in the next 18 months. -- PHOTO: AFP CHRISTCHURCH (New Zealand) - WHIZZING around with your own personal jetpack may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin aims to have his 'jetski for the skies' on the market within 18 months. After 30 years of painstaking development, Mr Martin's jetpack last month soared 1,500m above the South Island's Canterbury Plains as its creator watched anxiously from a helicopter hovering nearby. The May 21 flight, featuring a remote-controlled jetpack carrying a dummy pilot, was a milestone in Mr Martin's dream of building the world's first practical jetpack. 'The first people using these in cities will be medical personnel doing emergency response,' h...

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