Engineering and Competing in a Human Wearable Jet Suit

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a new human jet suit Guinness World record.

Are jetpacks real? Jetpacks are for Tony Stark, the Mandalorian, and Sci-Fi movies, right? Wrong. The future is today.

On May 24th, 2021, Richard Browning attempted multiple Guinness World records in his Jet Suit. Yes, you heard that right. This is a real-life, jet engine-powered human-controlled flight suit. AKA a genuine jetpack.

Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries, has flight in his DNA. His grandfather ran Westland Helicopters in the UK, and his father was an aeronautical engineer. Richard spent his childhood flying model gliders with his father.

In the spring of 2016, Richard bought his first jet engine and completed a successful jet suit flight before the end of the year. As a result, gravity Industries officially opened as a commercial business in March of 2017.

Since then, more than 100 successful test flights worldwide have pushed the limits of human ingenuity and shown the power available when leveraging new technology to augment human abilities.

“To feel your feet lift off the ground, that ultimate freedom of true flight. This will be a day you remember for the rest of your life.” 

Richard Browning, Founder, and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries

You can purchase your very own jet suit for only $440,000. Your custom human flight machine will live at the Gravity Industries test site, where you can fly it around on-premise. They also open their doors for groups to try out the jet suits.

Jetpack, Jet Suite Guinness World Record

Setting jet suit Guinness World records.

In the video, Richard Browning set out to break not one or two but three athletic world records in the Anker Speed Challenge. The goal was to reimagine human-machine capabilities. Here are the triathlon challenges:

The 100-meter dash

The 400-meter hurdles

The pole vault

Browning will complete all three events with a 1000 horse-power jet suit strapped to his body. He already set two world records for fastest speed in a human-controlled jet-engine powered suit, first at 32 mph and then again at a whopping 85 mph.

Will he usher in a new era of human-machine athletics, or will he go down in flames?

Watch the video to find out!

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Joseph Lewin

Innovation moves the world forward. My goal is to enable engineers to spend more time innovating by reducing non-value-added tasks through effective reuse strategies.