Over recent years we’ve seen an increase in the usage of backpack jet engines, but they’re often seen as nothing more than just a fun experiment or hobby for engineers to pick up, with no real example of how they could be used in the real world.
Now, it appears as though this is all about to change, as two companies from the UK have joined forces to put jetpacks to work. Gravity Industries and the Great North Air are looking to use jetpacks to help paramedics fly to emergency sites that helicopters or other forms of transport cannot reach.
One such location is the Lake District in the UK, which is famous for its treacherous national parks. When an individual gets injured at one of the trails, conventional rescue vehicles are unable to reach the victim, and bad weather conditions rule out the use of helicopters. The only alternative is to reach them on foot which is extremely time consuming, especially if the victim needs immediate help.
This is where the collaboration between Gravity Industries and the Great North Air comes into play. The two companies, the former of which was founded by Richard Browning, known for his “Iron Man” Jet-powered suit, have developed the Jet Suit Paramedic.
During a demonstration, Browning successfully managed to perform a test flight of the Jetpack at Langdale Pikes. The journey from the bottom of the valley to a target site at its peak would normally take around 25 minutes to reach by foot. However, using the Jet Suit paramedic, Browning made the journey in a minute and a half.
Take a look at the demonstration flight below:
It must be noted that Jet Suit paramedic is simply meant to get emergency workers to a site to provide medical assistance and is not meant to deliver a patient to hospital.
Picture: Screenshot/ Paramedic Mountain Response