Move Over, Iron Man — Real Jet-Suited Heroes May Soon Respond to Our Emergencies

Thanks to amazing technology, the near-future’s first responders might soar to the rescue.

The New York Post reports a UK company is lending profound capabilities to emergency service workers.


Compliments of inventor Richard Browning, the 3-D printed Gravity Industries Jet Suit consists of two small turbines fastened to each arm as well as a larger one on the user’s back. In a test run captured on video, the developer climbed more than 2,000 feet over a 1.2-mile distance in around three minutes and forty seconds.

Witness the miracle:


From the above video’s information section:

The Gravity #JetSuit uses over 1000bhp of Jet Engine power combined with natural human balance to deliver the most intense and enthralling spectacle, often likened to the real-life Iron Man. …

The Gravity Team, based in the UK, have delivered over 100 flight & Speaking events across 30 countries including 5 TED talks.

“The team and I are delivering on the vision to build Gravity into a world class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…”

As relayed by the Post, Richard touted the technology’s benefits:

“If you think about the cost of a paramedic helicopter and all the crew involved and the maintenance and everything, actually this is a fraction of that.”

“I have no doubt that it has its place in the portfolio of equipment that these [kinds] of professionals have at their fingertips,” he added.


The potential application is awe-inspiring, and it feels like one of the first tastes of a space-age long ago promised by Western sci-fi.

Despite the predictions of 1950s rocketman flicks, we’ve been a sizable distance from spaceships.

Thanks in part to Elon Musk, such a trajectory’s on the table; meanwhile, contemporary tech includes self-driving cars.

And courtesy of Richard Browning — not to mention the pioneers who preceded him — we may soon be cheering gravity-defying men.

As you surely know, jet packs have been around for quite some time:

Perhaps the technology’s finally ready to make a difference in life-saving ways.

Here’s to hoping the progress continues.

For now, Jet Suits can reach speeds up to 80 miles per hour. They’re technically capable of altitudes up to 12,000; safety, however, demands they fly lower.

Great North Air Ambulance paramedic Jamie Walsh was recently trained to pilot such a suit. Operating instruction took only six lessons, and now Jamie can literally fly into action.

Speaking to Reuters, he marveled at the miracle:

“Initially, when I was told about this, I thought it’s impossible. And then it starts to become possible, and then actually you start to see the trials of what’s achievable. And now I feel there is a place where this can benefit patients.”


There’s obviously more development to be done, but it’s an exciting prospect of comic-book cool coming to life.

The Post notes we’re just getting started:

The next stage of the project is to get the paramedics flight skills to a level where real emergency assistance will arrive via Jet Suit paramedics in the Lake District, providing on-site triage and urgent casualty response in a matter of minutes rather than hours.



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