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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.”

Advertisement

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.

-ALEX

 

See more content from me:

Massive Macho Turkey Terrorizes Cyclists and Strollers in DC

Following the Failure of ‘Latinx,’ the Woke Work up Something Overwhelmingly Different: ‘Latine’

University Asks Professors to Sign ‘Diversity’ Pledge, Promise Not to Insensitively Oppose Students’ Views

Find all my RedState work here.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below.

Sponsored

Recommended

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Trending on RedState Videos