Now fly like the 'Jetsons' with your own strap-on aircraft!

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London, March 4 (ANI): A New Zealand inventor has created a "Jetsons" like strap-on aircraft, a personal flying machine that people can wear and soar through the sky.

According to a report in the Herald Sun, the 'Martin Jetpack', as it has been named, was made by Glenn Martin, who spent 27 years designing and testing his invention.

Orders have already started rolling in for the personal flying machine that soars through the sky for up to half an hour with the help of two powerful fan jets.

At least two wealthy Australian businessmen are among those who have put their hands up for one of the first 158,503 dollars jetpacks, due off the floor at the Christchurch factory at the end of this year.

"At this stage, it's mostly boys into toys who are putting deposits in," said Martin. "I guess it's a pricey toy, but it's quite a lot cheaper than a Ferrari," he added.

Commercial interest has also been building, with Martin confirming that he has taken calls from military agencies and other border control and rescue organisations interested in investigating how it could benefit them.

The first personal jetpack was built by the US military in the 1950s, but the Bell Rocket Belt stayed airborne for 26 seconds before crashing.

Martin's invention has two rotors powered by a 200-horsepower piston engine. "You strap it on, rev the nuts out of it and it lifts you up off the ground," he said.

His version is more fuel efficient, costing just 15 US cents for 20 seconds in the air. It can keep a person airborne for up to 30 minutes. (ANI)

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