Rescue by jet pack could soon be a reality, aiding in mountain rescues.
Mountain rescues may get a lot more advanced soon thanks to new technology from Gravity Industries and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in the United Kingdom.
The two entities began a partnership to test the suit in one of England’s most challenging landscapes, the Lake District—a popular spot for hikers and wilderness explorers.
The flight test occurred on September 15, and was a great success, taking the distance of a 25-minute hike in just 90 seconds. Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries, flew the suit from a low valley, bottom-up to a simulated causality site.
Watch a video of the test fight below:
“What we didn’t know for sure is how this would work in practice. Well, we’ve seen it now, and it is, quite honestly, awesome.” We think this technology could enable our team to reach some patients much quicker than ever before. In many cases, this would ease the patient’s suffering. In some cases, it would save their lives, “ said Andy Mawson, director of operations and paramedic at GNAAS, after witnessing the test flight.
The suit can fly around 32 miles per hour and has a speed record of 85 miles per hour, 120,000 RPM, and uses A1 jet fuel or diesel. Browning built the suit in 2018 and has been working with GNAAS for about a year to get the test performed.
A jet pack-powered suit could change the game in mountain rescues, cutting down the time it takes rescuers to hike up to remote locations and making it easier to find victims. Paramedics could also carry lifesaving equipment or medication with them and get it to patients far sooner than by foot or car and has the potential to save many lives.
As much as it seems like a thing from a science fiction or superhero movies, jet pack technology has been advancing over the last several years. What do you think about this new jet suit being used by paramedics and other emergency personnel? Let us know in the comments.