Flying Cars, Jet Packs, and the Very Speedy Future of Personal Transit
Conjuring some serious sci-fi images, the Martin JetPack achieves what so may of us dreamed about as kids: Instant liftoff. Glenn Martin, founder of Martin Aircraft, which is based in New Zealand, began working on the jet pack about four years ago. The device has two side-mounted fans, powered by a 200-horsepower engine and can lift a human up to 8,000 feet at a speed of 63 mph. The company was making about $750,000 in revenue, mostly from commercial and military contracts, when Inc. profiled Martin Aircraft last year. "Fiction had an idea of what this looks like," Martin told Inc. "We produce something that works."