- A small team in the United Kingdom is planning to equip jetpack medical.
- Jetpacks are expected to be part of every rescue mission in the near future.
It’s a bird; it’s a plane, it’s… paramedics?
Soon, aside from seeing ambulance and helicopters in a rescue operation, what you might see next are flying paramedics.
With recent developments and increased demands for jetpacks, paramedics flying and landing on remote areas might become possible few years from now.
But they might arrive earlier.
A small team of dreamers based in the United Kingdom is starting to test jetpacks that can be used for emergencies.
Their jet packs aim to solve the current limitations faced by rescue vehicles in dealing with highly-critical situations.
Let’s now have a bird’s eye view of how this flying tech is closely flapping its way into reality.
Putting Jetpacks To The Test
Great North Ambulance Service or (GNAAS) is a registered charity based in the U.K. which operates helicopters dedicated to emergency services.
GNAAS has recently partnered with a jetpack manufacturer called Gravity Industries to test jetpacks’ potential for rescue missions.
The firm’s jet suit was tested in the hilly terrain of the Lake District in the United Kingdom.
This place was selected to test a jet suit’s capabilities in dealing with hazardous and hard-to-reach areas.
The one who flew the jet pack is non-other than Gravity Industries’ founder Richard Browning.
It was his way to show that his firm’s jetpacks are safe and efficient — even for rescue missions.
He flew and landed safely on a simulated casualty site on a high area in the Lake District.
It was a thrilling glimpse of how a real-life jetpack rescue mission would look like. Also, the test showed the jetpack’s high potential for dealing with emergencies.
The initial pilot testing used the jet suit’s 1050 brake horsepower, but the flight only lasted for 90-seconds which is only a fraction of the planned 25-minute flight.
But the test provided a lot of information for GNAAS and Gravity Industries on how to further improve jetpacks for rescue missions.
The Jetpack Medical Potentials
The initial test showed that, indeed, jet suits could reach patients faster compared to other rescue vehicles. It also showed that jet suits can keep rescuers safe while dealing with critical situations.
But these are just a fraction of the immense potential of jetpacks.
Aside from reducing the agony that distressed people have to go through, it can literally save people’s lives trapped in desperate situations.
Also, jetpacks can bypass physical limitations like large pieces of debris or hazardous terrains that slow down rescue operations.
It also provides more convenience and mobility than using a helicopter.
Barely Scratching The Surface
Browning is very optimistic about his company’s partnership with the U.K.’s highly respected GNAAS known for its rescue services.
The partnership highlights the jetpack’s increasing role in our society, most especially in rescue services.
According to Browning, jet suits have a big potential to be an actual extra resource for delivering services in remote areas.
And it is just one of the many capabilities that jetpacks can do in the future.
For Browning, their initial efforts have only scratched the surface of what their jet suits can do.
He and his team believe that their flying tech holds big potentials to change the future for the better.
These potentials might be vague today, but without a doubt, these potentials are slowly but surely flying its way into reality.
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