Ever since the movie Back to the Future II, when Marty McFly uses a hover skateboard (Hoverboard) to escape from Biff and his gang, many people were excited to see the reality of such tech in the future. Luckily, the future tech of 2020 as envisioned in many sci-fi movies are becoming a reality. We have yet to see a flying car but it appears that a flying person has arrived. It’s as if we are ready to see a real-life showdown of Ironman vs Green Goblin.
At the forefront of technological advances in developing a system to allow a person to hover are two leaders.
Founded in 2017, Gravity Industries has grown from its humble beginnings into a multi-million dollar organization whose influences spans the globe. Led by the Founder, Richard Browning who dared to ask ‘what if’.
Gravity have flown at over 60 events in 20 countries in the 18 months since launch, including at four TED talks and two Wired events. Viewed by millions, it’s an unforgettable experience.
The Jet Suit
- Turbines = 5
- Fuel: Jet A1 Kerosene, Premium Diesel
- Engine: 1050 bhp / 144 kg (317 lbs)
- RPM = 120,000
- Flight Time: 5-10 minutes
- Maximum Speed: Typically in excess of 60 km/h (37 mph)
- Altitude limit: 12,000 ft
- Pilot weight: Under 85 kg (187 lbs) with current Jet Suit
- Cost: $440,000
The jet suit achieved the Guinness Book of World Record the fastest speed reached in a body-controlled jet-engine-powered suit. The jet suit reached the speed of 85.06 mph (136.891 km/h) at Brighton Beach in East Sussex, UK, on 14 November 2019.
British inventor Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, more than doubled the previous record of 32.02 mph (51.53 km/h) which he set two years ago.
The attempt was staged as part of the 2019 Guinness World Records Day celebrations.
- Who: Richard Browning
- What: 136.891 Kilometre(s) Per Hour
- Where: United Kingdom (Brighton)
- When: 14 November 2019
According to their website, the jet powered personal aerial vehicle, capable of VTOL and unprecedented individual mobility. The Zapata© technology platform is the safest, easiest, lightest, most maneuverable personal aviation system ever created. Led by the Founder, Franky Zapata is a French personal watercraft pilot who is the inventor of the Flyboard and Flyboard Air. Zapata’s efforts have been focused on the development and manufacture of personal flyers for land and aquatic applications.
In 2016 Zapata™ achieved its proof of concept goal by producing the safest, most reliable, lightest, fastest, and least expensive personal flight system ever created with the unveiling of the Flyboard Air™. The Flyboard Air™ utilizes Zapata’s™ proprietary algorithms and balance methodology to direct jet engines to act independently and harmoniously. The performance parameters of the Flyboard Air™ provide undisputed proof that Zapata™ technology is commercially viable for advanced applications within the military, industrial, and medical fields.
The Jet Suit
- Maximum Speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)
- Fuel: Kerosene / Jet B
- Maximum Altitude: 150 meters (492 feet)
- Flight Time: 6 minutes
- Maximum Capacity: 100 kg (220 lbs)
- Cost: $250,000
Predicted (With more development)
- Maximum Speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
- Fuel: Kerosene / Jet B
- Maximum Altitude: 3,000 meters (9,842 feet)
- Flight Time: 30 minutes
- Maximum Capacity: 200 kg (440 lbs)
New Years Challenge 2016: Franky Zapata bet a childhood friend one Euro that he would build an air-board within the 2016 year that would win the Guinness Book of World Records title for farthest flight by hoverboard. Four months later, Zapata took that title and collected his Euro.
- Who: Franky Zapata
- What: 2252.4 M (7389 FT 9 IN)
- Where: France (Sausset-Les-Pins)
- When: 30 April 2016