Richard Browning’s Gravity Industries demonstrated an innovative new electric version of its jet suit at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England. Featuring six electric ducted fans that draw power from several batteries mounted on the jet pack’s frame with 3D-printed thermoplastic polymer polypropylene parts. Unfortunately, these batteries are much heavier than the gas turbines, so the flight needed to be tethered. Read more for a video and additional information.
How much will one of these cost you? No official pricing has been released yet, but we do know that Gravity Industries sells their gas turbine version for $400,000 and up, complete with training from its UK base. Training is most certainly necessary as the gas turbine version runs on aviation fuel and makes over 1,000-horsepower.
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Unfortunately, diesel, gasoline and jet fuel are extremely energy-dense – very hard to compete with. We see this as a sort of beginning that we can improve upon. The world and his dog are working on better batteries. So, as they come along we can make the electric jet suit gradually catch up with and eventually outcompete the gas turbine suit,” said Richard Browning, Gravity Industries founder.