Man Who Claimed to Be The Inventor of the Jetpack Dies

Justin Capra, a Romanian inventor who claimed to have invented the first functional jetpack, died on Monday at the age of 81. Capra used to say that he built his jetpack in 1956, well before Bell Aerosystems' 1961 untethered flights with their rocket belt. The only problem? He was never able to produce any credible… » 1/21/15 7:35pm 1/21/15 7:35pm

What a real flying human jet looks like

Our favorite flying human Yves 'Jetman' Rossy is up to his old tricks again of making us all feel like tiny little life wasters. This time, he took a majestic flying tour around Mt. Fuji in his quad rocket-powered jetpack that can go as fast as 185mph. Just look at him zoom across the sky like Iron Man. So incredible. » 11/06/13 5:02pm 11/06/13 5:02pm

Verizon's 4G Jetpack Hotspot Gets Prepaid Treatment

Beginning May 1st Verizon will offer a new prepaid version of its Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L with three different prepaid plans. For $15, you'll get 250 MB of data a week. For $60 you'll get a monthly allotment of 3 GB, and for $90 you'll get 10 GB of data. » 4/30/12 3:09pm 4/30/12 3:09pm

There Is Such a Thing as Jet Pack School Where People Learn to Fly

Eric Scott aka Rocketman is probably the best Jet Pack pilot the world has. He's flown over canyons, performed in airshows and holds the record for fastest speed on a Jet Pack. So with that gift, he's now teaching people how to fly in his Jet Pack school. » 11/03/11 11:16am 11/03/11 11:16am

Don't Crash Your Jetpack into the Ocean on Live TV

Things were looking so good for John! He was at the beautiful San Diego Yacht Club—on TV! He had a million dollar smile. He had an awesome aqua-jetpack. Then he smashed the anchor and careened into the water. » 7/15/11 9:47am 7/15/11 9:47am

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Swiss Maniac Leaps from Helicopter and Jetpacks Across the Grand Canyon…

Well! Here's something that will make you feel like a tremendous coward. Not only is flight enthusiast "Jetman" Yves Rossy unafraid to strap on a giant winged jetpack, he flew across the Grand Canyon with it. Very, very quickly. » 5/10/11 5:20pm 5/10/11 5:20pm

Never Go Skiing Without Your Jetpack

The worst part about skiing? The agonizing wait to get from the bottom of the hill to the top. Which is why I'm so glad we're finally introducing jetpacks to the slopes! Specifically, the two engines from a decommissioned military UAV that Troy Hartman used to become a black diamond Rocketeer. Here, he hits 47mph on… » 3/03/11 10:01am 3/03/11 10:01am

What's the View Like From Your $230,000 Jetpack, Sir?

The Jetlev-Flyer got a work-out at the weekend's London Boat Show, where it powered across the Thames river at 35km/hr, and a height of 30m. Bet it made more than one chap drop his scone. [Daily Mail] » 1/10/11 12:40pm 1/10/11 12:40pm

First Intercontinental Jetpack Flight Ends With a Wet Crash Landing

50-year-old Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy (known aliases: Fusionman and Jetman), was forced to abort his first attempt at a jetpack flight from Africa to Europe with a dive into the Mediterranean Sea. I guess the nicknames didn't come with superpowers. » 11/25/09 9:40pm 11/25/09 9:40pm

Martin Jetpack: How Much Would You Pay to Be a Real Life Test Pilot?

An eBay auction (ending in 10-hours) offers the chance to be part of the Jetpack's first public test pilot program. You'll need to have a driver's license, be over 18, under 198lbs...oh, and have a spare $35,000 lying around. » 9/24/09 11:20am 9/24/09 11:20am

$2500 Homemade Jetpack Will Either Get You Laid or Kill You

Looking to live fast and quite possibly die young? Got $2500 burning a hole in your pocket? Do I have a potentially badass obituary for you! Updated. » 8/31/09 5:40pm 8/31/09 5:40pm

Jet Pack Guy Crosses English Channel

I don't expect you mere wingless mortals to truly appreciate the accomplishment of a pilot who just crossed the 22-mile English Channel with a jetpack—that'd be like someone who can't read claiming to love the study of Cuneiform—but from one rocket man » 9/26/08 11:00am 9/26/08 11:00am to another, I salute you, Yves Rossy. Actually, what's that I see?…

Jetpack Inventor Answers the Hard Questions (and One Fun One)

There's more than a little skepticism surrounding the new Martin Jetpack. Promising a new era of ultralight flight, many of the claims (altitude capabilities and safety, especially) sound too good to be true. Before we took our test flight, we asked Glenn Martin, inventor, some of the tougher questions that we hadn't… » 8/05/08 3:45pm 8/05/08 3:45pm

Hands On: Jetpack!

"Don't cover your ears, this is what you paid to see!" Glenn Martin shouts to me over the apocalyptic roar of an F22 fighter jet performing a leisurely flyby. He'd abruptly broken off a conversation with someone else just to make this point-before we'd even been introduced and hours before I flew his pack. "That's… » 8/05/08 11:30am 8/05/08 11:30am

How It Feels to Fly a Jetpack

I flip the ignition switch and 250 pounds of engines, turbines and gasoline roar hello. In terms of horsepower, I was carrying a small sports car on my back. I'd like to say that I grin confidently and give the cameras a wink, like some young Chuck Yeager or Evel Knievel, but the smile leaves my face. » 8/04/08 12:30pm 8/04/08 12:30pm

All Giz Wants: A Jetpack That Costs $200

We don't ask for much here at Gizmodo, but what we really, really want is a jetpack that costs $200. Sure, we have brought you the deal with jetpacks before, but we want something that lasts longer than two minutes, (so do our girlfriends). Also, we would not mind a Jetsons-type transportation mode that costs less… » 12/25/07 9:00pm 12/25/07 9:00pm

Jetpack with a 10 Mile Range Available Soon for $226,000

Jetpacks, the invention we've all been waiting to become a reality for as long as we can remember (along with flying cars and teleporters), are pretty much a reality at this point. While a few months ago the only two commercially available jetpacks had paltry flying times of about 30 seconds, Jet Pack International… » 12/12/07 5:00pm 12/12/07 5:00pm

JetPack Uses Water, Not Fire, To Kill You In a JetPacking Accident

Instead of using flames and jet propulsion, as jetpacks are known to do, Raymond Li's invention uses water to fling you up into the air. His patent hasn't (as far as we know) been constructed yet. But it looks dangerous. » 8/28/07 12:40pm 8/28/07 12:40pm