Aerial

Gravity Hoverboard vs Flyboard Air

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.

Overview

At the forefront of technological advances in developing a system to allow a person to hover are two leaders.

Gravity

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’.

Richard Browning is a British inventor, entrepreneur and speaker. He founded Gravity Industries Ltd in March 2017, the company behind the Daedalus Mark 1, a jet pack that uses several miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight.
Richard Browning is a British inventor, entrepreneur and speaker. He founded Gravity Industries Ltd in March 2017, the company behind the Daedalus Mark 1, a jet pack that uses several miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight.

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.

Source: Youtube
How Gravity Built the World’s Fastest Jet Suit | WIRED

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

Achievement

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

Flyboard Air

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.

Franky Zapata is a French personal watercraft pilot who is the inventor of the Flyboard and Flyboard Air, founder of Zapata Racing. Since 2012, Zapata's efforts have been focused on the development and manufacture of personal flyers for land and aquatic applications.
Franky Zapata is a French personal watercraft pilot who is the inventor of the Flyboard and Flyboard Air, founder of Zapata Racing. Since 2012, Zapata’s efforts have been focused on the development and manufacture of personal flyers for land and aquatic applications.
Source: Youtube
Franky Zapata and his Flyboard Air at the Formula 1 GP in Singapore!

The Jet Suit

Demonstrated

  • 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)

Achievement

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

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