You could have a personal jetpack for $150K

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
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Night after night for 30 years, the New Zealand father of two worked on a secret machine in his garage.

(CNN) - Inventor Glenn Martin admits he appears crazy, "But it's the crazy people who change the world."

"Some people work on old cars, some do quilting, some collect stamps, I build jetpacks."

Night after night for 30 years, the New Zealand father of two worked on a secret machine in his garage.

Wife Vanessa was one of the few people who knew about the space-age contraption quietly taking shape at their home in Christchurch. Luckily for Martin she was not only "as crazy as him," but petite enough to be its first test pilot.

Twelve prototypes and $17 million later, and what started as a young university student's hobby could soon be on the market, the first flying machine of its kind ever to be commercially sold.

Behold the "Martin Jetpack."

"I saw 'Lost in Space,' 'Thunderbirds,' and the Apollo program when I was young. When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, I knew that anything was possible. Somehow we lost that spirit."

Everyone that is, except Martin.


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