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Wow. Wow. Wow. Watch JetSuit Mountaineering — 2,200 foot climb in 3 minutes

Everyone is going to want one of these. And he’d only six lessons!

Record Jet Suit Mountain Ascent


From the Youtube:

We proved you can scale a Lake District Mountain (3100ft Helveylln) in 3mins 30 seconds, despite very poor visibility that would have grounded a HEMS Helicopter. The Mountain Rescue foot response is over 70 minutes typically. The route was 1.2 miles and 2200ft of height gain.

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

The Gravity #JetSuit uses over 1000bhp of Jet Engine power.

NewYorkPost:

Jet Suit company brings superhuman abilities to emergency responders

A pioneering British jet suit company is giving super-human powers to the response of emergency services … Jamie Walsh, a Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS) paramedic, is the first of three trainees to fly the Gravity Industries Jet Suit in the steep hills of the Lake District, after just 6 lessons.

The 3D printed suit consists of two small turbines attached to each arm and a larger one mounted on the back. It can reach speeds in excess of 80 mph and is technically capable of reaching an altitude of 12,000 feet but for safety reasons is flown much lower.

Could this have saved people in 9/11?  Grenfell?

9.8 out of 10 based on 44 ratings

36 comments to Wow. Wow. Wow. Watch JetSuit Mountaineering — 2,200 foot climb in 3 minutes

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    b.nice

    Sweeeet. 🙂 Need to install wipers on the helmet though.

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    David Maddison

    Great technology.

    Watch “greens” complain that it uses fossil fuel,

    Also, this is not the first such jetpack.

    The US military funded a lot of research into personal flight vehicles in the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

    There have been others, including hydrogen peroxide units in the 1960’s with only about a 20 to 30 sec duration.

    There was the Jet Flying Belt by Bell Aerosystems (1969) that uses kerosene and ran for about 25 mins.

    More recently, efforts that looked liked they might be commercially viable were Australian Jetpack Aviation that flew a jetpack around the Statue of Liberty in 2015. https://youtu.be/JnM8oyv_2FI

    And New Zealand the Martin Jetpack from about the same time that used ducted fans rather than turbine jets. https://youtu.be/eq5jHxj4vUw

    Also see https://youtu.be/kC_F3Yigwvw

    I wrote an article about personal flight vehicles in Silicon Chip magazine in 2016 at page 18.

    https://www.siliconchip.com.au/Issue/2016/August/Contents

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    R.B.

    I’m no longer dreaming of owning a Ferrari.

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      Yonniestone

      The bloke who went before him was doing really well until near the top, and he wiped his visor……………….

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    James Bond – Eat your heart out……………………

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    David Maddison

    This is the future most people, including non-indoctrinated children, once dreamed of. But the majority of youth today have been indoctrinated into thinking the only future for them is climate catastrophe or permanent pandemic. And that the only answer is ever more windmills and solar panels and permanent restrictions on individual rights, including freedom of speech and implementation of socialism.

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      Mantaray Yunupingu

      David Maddison. Hmmm…..

      I was forced to watch TV recently. During the ad breaks there was one particularly annoying car insurance spiel where daughter and mother are driving in mother’s car, while daughter talks about how she wants to start driving. Mother eventually smiles when daughter decides to get her OWN car and her OWN insurance….

      Almost all late-teens kids are known to identify with this desire, but now YOU tell me they do not want gas-guzzling fossil-fueled vehicles at all?…..Hmmm…

      Last November my little seaside town was jammed with “schoolies” partying madly, after flying in from all over Australia , but now YOU tell me they are afraid of a Climate Catastrophe and will therefore not be flying and partying?

      I won’t go into what was happening on the beaches and in the various apartments after dark….and BEFORE dark too!….but now YOU tell me the youth are very afraid of spreading and catching germs if they get too close? Really?

      Watch out you don’t fall for leftist propaganda yourself David. it’s not the handful of easily-indoctrinated loud-mouthed hysterical youthful F-wits we should be worrying about. How about watching what the HUGE MAJORITY actually do?

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    Lawrie

    In about 1964 or 5 my mother and I were at the Royal Easter Show is Sydney. An American flew in a jet pack from one end of the showground to the other landed and returned. He apparently was powered by hydrogen. Popular Mechanics had soldiers flitting about the battlefield in such devices. As a soldier I could imagine shooting them down much like ducks. I would rather walk and hide behind trees and blades of grass.

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      David Maddison

      Powered by hydrogen peroxide, not hydrogen.

      2H2O2 → 2H2O + O2 ΔS of 70.5 J/(mol·K)

      Catalyzed by silver.

      The peroxide used is 90% pure. Very nasty stuff to deal with.

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    Pauly

    Could this technology have saved anyone? Simply, no.

    It may get a first responder to a victim faster, but it lacks the energy, or CofG flexibility to carry a victim anywhere. And the amount of equipment that can be carried is limited by the total thrust that can be produced.

    A specialist system requiring significant operator training, with issues of volatile fuel storage, jet efflux, and the need of a support crew to strap it on. A long way from an emergency system that can be used by anyone after a five minute refresher, once a year.

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      b.nice

      Fast first response saves many lives. !

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        Old Cocky

        Yep, just getting a trained paramedic on hand with minimal equipment is often sufficient to stabilise the patient until a larger, better equipped team can arrive.

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      Binny Pegler

      Computer controlled flight systems are making all these things much much easier to fly.
      The simple little 4 motor drone is all most impossible to fly manually.
      The biggest issue with all these PFVs was the skill/training/practice required to fly them.
      With computer flight control that has been reduced to ‘point and go’
      A second pack could carry the equipment, and be set to either ‘follow’ or be remote controlled.
      The complexity of injuries mean a human ‘must’ get to the location.
      But bringing in equipment and getting a patient out (via a stretcher pack) is actually quite simple with the current technology.

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      Old Cocky

      It’s probably not viable for evacuating people from burning buildings, but potentially great for getting paramedics into rugged terrain.

      It could even add a whole new dimension to the term Flying Doctor.

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    You must need to be pretty fit to hold and control the thrust from those hand held units.
    Effectively supporting full bodyweight + pack weight, on your arms for the full flight duration.
    One muscle spasm, cramp, , etc ..= total loss of control ??

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      Is there a gyroscope involved, such as with steady cam? I imagine it would be hard/impossible to configure with the needs of the jet pack to deliver thrust in the right direction.

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      b.nice

      Yes, people require training.,.

      So do the paramedics and lifesavers that jump from rescue helicopters. !

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    Dean

    That was pretty funky!

    But the comparison of time was about as valid as the warmistas comparing renewables cost to fossil fuels……….

    Time from the moment you leave the ground to getting to the top =/= response time.

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      Well… ambulance rushes to road at base of mountain (maybe 15 minutes from the town where the ambulance is garaged). Then someone walks/jogs uphill for 30 minutes. 45 minutes in total.

      Or during the 15minutes the jetpack guy gears up in the ambulance (or whatever vehicle it is called). Flies to the rescue site in 5 minutes. 20 minutes total. I’m sold.

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      Strop

      I’m not sure I’m understanding your point.

      70 mins by walking and less than 4 mins flying isn’t a fair comparison of response time because why?

      I don’t think anyone is pretending that every rescue team has a jet pack or that every team has someone capable of flying one. Unlike the renewables vs fossil fuel comparisons where the “warmistas” do pretend renewables are ready to take over.

      It’s just a technology display to show what could be possible. If you’re in need of urgent medical attention (pain relief, snake bite treatment, stem blood loss) I don’t think you’re going to be arguing with the jet pack medic who shows up faster than the walking unit about whether he can reliably do that for every emergency.

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        Dean

        Is it so hard?

        They make a big thing about the time to get to the top from the moment it leaves the ground and make comparisons with other methods. That is the big selling point.

        Its an apples with oranges comparison, exactly the same as warmistas make about how low cost renewables are compared to fossil fuels, because they cherry pick the bits they like.

        Its 70 min response time, not walking time. If what my friends go through every time they fly light aircraft, the flying time is the short part.

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          Did you read what I wrote?

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            Old Cocky

            I have to agree with the leaf on this.
            If the red tape is minimal, which it tends to be for emergency services, this is potentially a good way to get a paramedic in to a difficult location quickly.
            It may not be an alternative to a helicopter in all situations, but certainly has potential in situations where helicopters can’t work (e.g. the poor visibility in the video clip, tight ravines)

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    Queenslander

    Bert Hinkler’s named on the plaque as one of the two crew to first land a plane on a mountain 1926.

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    John Connor II

    I saw that clip a while back. There are a handful of products out there from jet packs to flying bikes to 4-rotor copters and the payload is now up to around 90kg but the limitation is still a flight time of around 20 minutes.
    I’m sure drone pilots can relate…
    200kg and a 1 hour flight time -THEN I’m interested!

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    PADRE

    Mountain rescue is a serious matter in the Lake District. Walkers underestimate the difficulty of some of the paths and they certainly underestimate the variability and fickleness of the weather.

    Having said all that, I remember as a child going up Helvelyn with my grandmother. She had no difficulty with the climb even though she was carrying her (large) handbag and umbrella. She was wearing her ordinary everyday shoes. Even well into her seventies she used to walk the full length of Blackpool promenade – 7 miles – at least once a week.

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    Vladimir

    Could not help but bring up again the 1952 book Noise Level by R.F. Jones – one of the best of that era and very under appreciated.
    It was not about technical details or, even the remote possibility of those events. It is about the sorry fact that we as civilisation nearly stopped thinking creatively, if at all.
    Current floods in Qld just prove it. Instead fo blessing free water falling from the sky, the society count the prospective cost of destruction, caused by that water.

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    Old Goat

    Its still a great leap forward . When I look at what has been developed in my lifetime it would have been met with total disbelief by me 40 odd years ago . Science fiction made real . Pity we are in the process of self destruction…

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    Grogery

    This was very good, but I reckon Astro Boy would have been faster and without all that bulky equipment (obviously).

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    Billy Bob Hall

    I like the Zapata ‘Fly-Board’.
    Seems a bit more ‘elegant’ ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVq_lFha0kQ

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