Jetpacks first entered the popular imagination when they were depicted on the covers of pulp science fiction magazines in the late 1920s. Ninety years (and eight prototypes) later, Australian inventor David Mayman has just successfully completed a test flight of his JB-9 Jetpack over the Hudson River.
The JB-9 is the first jetpack to use a real jet engine light enough to be carried on the pilot’s back. Given the potential market for emergency services (and Rocketeer fanboys), there’s a good chance personal jetpacks will probably become available in the not-to-distant future.
It’s not so much an issue of when but if you should attach yourself to two turbojet engines with a peak altitude of 3,000 metres.
Read the full article by Cathal O’Connell on the Cosmos website here.