In a video published this Tuesday morning (29) in YouTube, British inventor Richard Browning, best known for creating the Daedalus Mark 1 jetpack, used the 1,050 horsepower artifact to rescue a victim in a mountainous location in a simulation of emergency medical care.
The jet suit, which was dubbed Iron Man when released in 2017 and viewed with disbelief in the press, is again touted by Gravity Industries as a viable option for providing emergency medical care to victims in remote areas.
Working in partnership with the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), a UK charity that operates a helicopter rescue service, Browning was able to fly to the alleged victim in an inaccessible location in just 90 seconds, a fraction of the time. that it would take if he tried to walk.
The jetpack used in the tests has micro-jets powered by jet fuel or diesel, which are mounted on the pilot’s arms and back. A Heads-up Display (HUD) shows important information such as thrust and fuel level.
Browning was keen to clarify that the risk of fire is minimal, since the fuel used is neither flammable nor explosive and is stored in a compartment close to the ground, in case of mechanical failure.
The jetpack test
Although the test proved to be a success, the equipment still has some limitations. The flight autonomy reaches a maximum of 10 minutes, and the operation requires highly specialized training, which includes supporting your own weight with the strength of your arms. Also, the terrain must not be too steep, as the pilot needs to support himself on the ground when landing.
The next step is to make the process economically viable, which means making the suits more operational and cheaper. The equipment most recently sold by Browning cost US$438,000 (almost R$2.5 million), a value that would make any Tony Stark envious.