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The jet pack uses microjets powered by jet fuel or diesel that are mounted on the pilot’s arms and back, with a heads-up display showing key data like thrust and fuel remaining. Browning has said that the risk of fire is minimal because the fuel isn’t particularly explosive or flammable, and he stays relatively close to the ground in the event of mechanical failure.
- The Jet Suit is a wearable flight system with turbine engines mounted to the wearer's arms and back. It uses five gas turbines that produce over 1,000 brake horsepower to gain flight and can reach speeds of over 55mph (89kph).
- The sooner a paramedic can get to a victim, the sooner they can stabilize them and call for a helicopter or other support. “We think this technology could enable our team to reach some patients much quicker than ever before,” said GNAAS director of operations Andy Mawson. “In many cases, this would ease the patient’s suffering.
- In some cases, it would save their lives. The patent was filed by British tech startup Gravity Industries whose founder, Richard Browning, has previously demonstrated the suit in more than 20 countries around the world. Mr. Browning says the firm now hopes to launch a series of suits for teams to use fly around competitive racecourses.
Still, that’s a fraction the price of a helicopter, including pilots, fuel, and maintenance, and Gravity is working to make the suits cheaper and easier to use. Restlessly pioneering developments in STEM, today's patent issuance is a giant milestone for Gravity which will enable us to continue to innovate and hopefully inspire others.
Though the test was a success and looked incredibly cool, it may be a while before we see jet pack paramedics. Gravity’s model has a flight time of just 5-10 minutes, requires highly specialized training, and demands enough fitness to support your own weight with your arms. It would also be limited to terrain that’s not too steep, because the pilot needs to hug the ground in order to survive a fall.
'Our current priority is the launch of a Gravity Race Series in late 2019, which will see a new cohort of diverse pilots putting their flight skills to the test, competing in teams on courses around the world.' The test flight was carried out by Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries. He said the suits had two mini engines on each arm and one on the back allowing the paramedic to control their movement just by moving their hands.