Patent is given to the world’s first ‘jet suit’

Patent for the world’s first ‘jet suit’ that uses five gas turbines and broke a Guinness world speed record is given to a British firm

  • The ‘wearable flight system’ has five engines mounted to the arms and the back
  • The suit has successfully ‘flown’ its wearer at events in more than 20 countries  
  • It broke 2017 Guinness World records for being the fastest jet engine body suit  
  • The suit can fly for up to eight minutes at a time and reach speeds of over 55mph

A British company has been awarded what it claims is the world’s first patent for a ‘jet suit’. 

Gravity Industries’ multi-gas turbine engine Jet Suit has been described as a ‘wearable flight system’ with turbine engines mounted to the wearer’s arms and back.    

The Jet Suit uses five gas turbines which produce over 1,000 brake horsepower to gain flight, and can reach speeds of over 55mph (89kph). 

The body suit earned a Guinness World Record in 2017 for ‘the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit’. 

A British company has been awarded what it claims is the world’s first patent for a ‘jet suit’. Gravity Industries’ multi-gas turbine engine Jet Suit has been described as a ‘wearable flight system’ that with turbine engines mounted to the wearer’s arms and back 

The patent has given the company the right as the inventor of an apparatus enabling an individual to fly.

Company founder Richard Browning has previously demonstrated the suit in more than 20 countries around the world.

He said the firm now hoped to launch a racing series based on teams using the suit to navigate courses.

‘Since launching Gravity in 2017, we have not stopped challenging the status quo,’ he said.

‘Restlessly pioneering developments in STEM, today’s patent issuance is a giant milestone for Gravity which will enable us to continue to innovate and hopefully inspire others.

‘Our current priority is the launch of a Gravity Race Series in late 2019, which will see a new cohort of diverse pilots putting their flight skills to the test, competing in teams on courses around the world.’


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The Jet Suit uses five gas turbines which collectively produce over 1,000 brake horsepower to gain flight, and can reach speeds of over 55mph. 

The patent, issued by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, covers: ‘A wearable flight system with a number of propulsion assemblies including a left-hand propulsion assembly and a right-hand propulsion assembly worn on a user’s hands and/or forearm’.

‘Preferably a body propulsion assembly is provided with support for a user’s waist or torso. Leg propulsion systems may also be provided.’

In documents that formed part of the patent claim, the company cited Marvel Studios’ Iron Man character and his use of a wearable flight system which utilises propulsion units worn on the hands.

The Jet Suit uses five gas turbines which collectively produce over 1,000 brake horsepower to gain flight, and can reach speeds of over 55mph. Company founder Richard Browning has previously demonstrated the suit in more than 20 countries around the world.

The firm said it was already in ‘advanced discussions’ with possible host cities, broadcasters and sponsors over launching its race series in the second half of 2019.

The company has also launched a STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) project in UK schools to ‘inspire innovation and creativity in the STEM domain and encourage engagement and participation in STEM subjects prior to GCSE subject selection and beyond’. 

HOW DOES THE ‘JET SUIT’ WORK? 

Number of turbines: 5

Fuel: Jet A1 Kerosene, Premium Diesel

Engine: 1050bhp / 144kg

 RPM = 120,000 

Fight Time: Up to 8 minutes 

Speed: Typically in excess of 60km/h

Pilot weight: Under 13 stone (85kg) wearing current Jet Suit 

 

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