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

Gravity Industries has been granted 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. In 2017 he earned a Guinness World Record for “the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit”.

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

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“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. (It) 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. (This) 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 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 jet suit patent claim, the company cited Marvel Studios’ Iron Man character. Iron Man used 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.

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.

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  1. A thousand horsepower to move one person at 50mph. My first reaction is “FFS, do something useful” – is that wrong? 🙂

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