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February 25, 2010

Jet pack to enable wearer to fly the skies

     London: A company in New Zealand is all set to begin production of a commercial jet pack that will enable its wearer to fly the skies. According to a report in the Telegraph, Martin Aircraft Company, in Christchurch, New Zealand, is developing the personal jet packs. The firm aims to make 500 packs a year that will sell for around 50,000 pounds. The 200 horsepower dual-propeller packs are the brainchild of inventor Glenn Martinm who unveiled his machine for the first time in July last year. Because it weighs less than 254 pounds (115kg), the jet pack does not require a pilot's licence. It is capable of travelling 30 miles in 30 minutes on a full tank of fuel. Recent tests have seen the newest model reach heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph. But only now has sufficient investment been found for the company to begin production of the craft, which will also begin at an undisclosed site outside New Zealand. According to Martin Aircraft Company chief executive Richard Lauder, the pack could be perfect for the emergency services, private users and even the military. "This could be life-saving stuff. For us, this is an excellent commercial step," he said.
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