When Glenn Martin was a boy, in 1969, he watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Afterward, he imagined a not-too-distant future in which humans had bases on Mars and flew to work with personal jetpacks.
Later, in 1981, when he was an undergraduate studying biochemistry in New Zealand, Martin wondered why the future had not yet arrived.
“I was a bit disappointed it hadn’t happened,” said Martin, now 53 years old. “One night at the local watering hole we had a discussion [where we asked] ‘why don’t we have our jetpacks? Why don’t we have our bases on Mars?’ And I went back to the science library and started researching it.
Three decades later, Martin has realized his boyhood dream. His jetpack, which is called the Martin Jetpack, has been cleared for manned testing by New Zealand’s aviation authority. It can fly for 30 minutes and reach heights of 5,000 feet and speeds of 60 mph.
Asked if it’s safe, Martin said, “In comparison with a light helicopter or something like that we believeRead More »from It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s You Flying a Jetpack