This just in from the year 2050 – UK mountain rescue professionals are testing the use of a jetpack in rescue scenarios. Actually no, that’s not a joke. A search and rescue emergency response team in England’s Lake District has been testing the feasibility of using a jetpack to get first responders on scene quickly. As seen in the video above, a SAR professional straps into a jet-powered suit to fly up a mountainside and land close to an injured patient, saving a 25-minute hike to the accident site.
The jet suit was designed by Gravity Industries, an engineering firm specializing in human flight. In test runs, the suit has propelled its pilot upwards of 80 miles per hour. With further testing, the suit certainly shows some promise in the SAR field. Imagine being rescued by Iron Man?