Inventor and former Royal Marines reservist Richard Browning tested a jet-powered suit that allows the wearer to hover and hop between surfaces — in this case, the fast patrol boat HMS Dasher and Royal Navy test boats. The video shows Browning easily hopping between the Dasher, a P2000 patrol vessel, and two rigid-hull inflatable boats, all moving at 20 knots.
In what looked like a scene straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the Royal Navy recently teamed up with Gravity Industries’ founder Richard Browning to help test his Daedalus jetpack over open water for the first time.
The U.K. Ministry of Defense has been working with Gravity Industries for more than a year amid a broader revival of interest among major military forces, including the U.S. special operations forces community, in jetpacks and similar personal flying systems.
The jet suit, built by Browning’s Gravity Industries, can fly for five to 10 minutes, and has a maximum speed of 51 kilometers per hour (32 miles per hour), according to the company’s website. Five turbines — one on each forearm, one on each side, and one on the user’s back, allow the user to control movement and blast up to 37,000 meters 12,000 feet in the air.
The Royal Navy and other U.K. Ministry of Defense officials have suggested that Daedalus-equipped Royal Marines could help support at-sea boarding operations.