Jetpack Rescue: Paramedic Flies To Top Of Mountain In 3 Minutes
June 1, 2022
A British aeronautical innovation company is helping first responders get to difficult locations in record time.
In a recent video by Gravity Industries, a paramedic scaled a mountain in under 4 minutes using one of their jet suits.
After just six days training, Jamie Walsh, a paramedic for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), flew to the top of Helvellyn. It took him only 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
The journey would take around 1 hour 20 minutes on foot. The poor visibility would have grounded a helicopter.
"We can get a trained professional very quickly to the side of a casualty in very difficult weather or very difficult physical terrain in a way that often [rescuers] on foot, or a vehicle or a helicopter can't do," said Richard Browning, founder and chief test pilot at Gravity Industries.
Gravity Industries plans to test the suits in a variety of other rescue scenarios, including avalanches.
How does a jet suit work?
Gravity's 1,000 horsepower jet suits work with thrusters on the pilot's back and two small jet engines on each arm forming a stable tripod shape of power.
Browning says, after several years of development, the suits no longer require a large amount of upper body strength.
Watch the video below.
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