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Guy Flies Around New York on Real JetPack Because It Is (Finally) the Future

Aww, you JUST missed Doc and Marty.

We’re quickly running out of future gadgets to complain that we don’t have yet. At least we’ll always have (true-to-Back to the Future) hoverboards. Probably?

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Yes, this is an actual JetPack—the world’s only true JetPack, according to its creators, JetPack Aviation, who note that it uses jet turbines for propulsion. They say their next version, the JB-9, should be able to reach heights of 10,000 feet and speeds of 100mph for about 10 minutes of running time, depending on the weight of the pilot. That’s not a particularly long range, but it should make “quick trips” to the store finally live up to their name if you can skip traffic and speed limits.

You’ll also notice that the pilot in the video never goes anywhere near 10,000 feet, but once you get high enough to be out of the way of most people/traffic, why would you bother? JetPacks are here! Wow, they’re going to be really fun for early adopters until everyone can have one, and then they’ll probably be as frustrating as any other mode of transportation, powered or not. Yeah, we’ve seen the way you all walk down the street, and it does not instill us with confidence in your piloting skills.

Good thing it’ll come with a low-altitude-functioning ballistic parachute.

(via Blastr)

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