Think about how efficient it would be if doctors or medical personnel could pick up or help those injured in accidents by directly flying to the spot using a jetpack. No traffic for the ambulance to contend with, no time delays, more chances or recovery or survival for the wounded and to refine the first point, no ambulance at all. We are talking about medics equipped with flying jet packs that can swoop in and treat or take the needy to the hospital. This is being tried out in the UK by inventor Richard Browning’s company Gravity Industries, which is working in tandem with UK’s Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), as per a report by Engadget.
As per the report, Browning himself flew with the help of a jetpack to a simulated casualty on a remote location on a mountain within 90 seconds. Though the jetpack designed by Gravity Industries has reportedly a flight time of just 5-10 minutes, the test was a success.
However, not every medic could use this jetpack. The report adds that to be able to use the jetpack, an individual “requires highly specialized training” and that you should be able to support your own weight with your arms. “It would also be limited to terrain that’s not too steep, because the pilot needs to hug the ground in order to survive a fall. The suits aren’t cheap either, as Browning sold one recently for £340,000 ($438,000).”
Still, it is a start. The report quotes Andy Mawson, director of operations GNAAS “We think this technology could enable our team to reach some patients much quicker than ever before. In many cases this would ease the patient’s suffering. In some cases, it would save their lives.”
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