The High Price of Being a Rocket Man

By 2010, Denver-based Jet Pack International hopes to release the first commercially available jet pack. The forthcoming T-73 model is already five years and 100 pairs of burned shoes in the making.

800
Horsepower equivalent in the hydrogen-peroxide-fueled engine—roughly twice what a standard V8 generates

Nine
Minutes of flight time per every $500 fuel-up

250
Feet of altitude the prototype can gain and still return safely to the ground

60
Feet of altitude at which test pilot Eric Scott's prototype malfunctioned, causing him to crash

Two
Surgeries endured by Scott after hard landings—one on his knee and one on his shoulder

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