Jetsuit Boarding of a Ship

Gravity Industries has demonstrated using a jet suit to help board a ship.

The person in a jet suit flies a few hundred meters onto a ship and then lowers a climbing rope for a boarding party.

This is the real-life enablement of the Mandalorian or Marvel’s Falcon.

Adam Savage also helped this team make a Titanium printed bullet proof iron man armor which can be combined with this real flying capability.

The suit can fly for 10-15 minutes at 20-85 mph.

Richard Browning, founded pioneering Aeronautical Innovation company, Gravity Industries in March 2017 to launch human flight into an entirely new era.

The Gravity #JetSuit​ uses over 1000bhp of Jet Engine power combined with natural human balance to deliver the most intense and enthralling spectacle, often likened to the real-life Ironman.

SOURCES- Gravity Industries
Written By Brian Wang,

6 thoughts on “Jetsuit Boarding of a Ship”

  1. I initially read that as Jesuit, and was wondering if there was a holy roman empire conspiracy…

    But more on point, these setups occupy the users hands/arms in such a way that they seem tactically limited unless the jetboys are escorted by armed small VTOL UCAV's until they are on the ground and can free up their hands.

  2. This would be a way to deliver sealed orders to the captain, or to notify others of a security breach.

    They could have a "landing net" for heavy weather operations.

  3. Getting the wings and good gliding can boost flight time to an hour easy. A really exceptional glider with jet pack would let someone fly for a whole day but most of the time unpowered. It would become like the electric bikes that get range with a mix of peddling and power assist. A site on gliders says – Gliders can remain flying as long as there is lift available. Using thermals, this is about 8 hours. By using prevailing winds blowing up a slope, a glider can be flown for as long as the wind is blowing. So with good and light wing suit and power, long duration flight is possible. But it would be more for sport or leisure. although, modified paratrooper operations could be possible.

  4. Sure, this needs a thousand horsepower to stay aloft. A backpack helicopter can stay aloft with as low as 20 horsepower.

    But, as you say, won't be able to get into tight spaces.

    I think you could hang a person below several helicopter style drones, coordinating, and get most of the utility of a jet suit, only with a much longer flight time and quieter. But you couldn't fly under overhangs then.

  5. Doesn't a helicopter take less power to support a given weight?
    IINM longer helicopter blades allow one to push down more air at a lower speed so you get more upward thrust for the same power. There is a trade off between being able to get into tight spaces & being able to fly for longer times.

  6. It's all down to the energy density of fuels. Even in Iron Man, (The movie.) what made the suit feasible? A compact fusion reactor. (In the comics, a fictional energy storage technology.)

    Jet suits will always be marginal given what chemical fuels are capable of. If we ever get a compact nuclear source that doesn't need massive shielding, they'll start looking like Iron Man.

    So, maybe feasible for special purposes that only need 15 minutes of flight at a time. Maybe you could stretch that out by having autonomous drones swapping out fuel cartridges and other expendables while you were operating.

    Or, I don't know: Has anybody tried running a jet turbine on cubane? A lot more energy density than aviation gas.

    But the only reason you'd go with this instead of a more capable teleoperated drone, is that it wouldn't be as vulnerable to jamming.

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