Gravity By Richard Browning
Gravity is a British technology start up that has invented, built, flown and filed a patent for a human propulsion technology that re-imagines manned flight. Gravity’s technology combines body mounted miniaturised jet-engines, with a specially designed exo-skeletal suit, allowing the pilot to vertically take off and fly using the human body as its thrust control.
Founded by British entrepreneur and inventor Richard Browning, Gravity is launching the 'Daedalus', its mark 1 propulsion suit. In doing so the company is inventing an entirely new aviation category. The Daedalus suit uses ‘human 2.0’ principles – focusing on taking and augmenting the human mind and body’s abilities, to produce something super-human. The four arm-mounted gas turbine engines and two hip-mounted gas turbine engines provide enough lift to enable a person capable of holding their body weight for long periods of time to fly.
The suit uses an advanced Heads-Up Display that highlights key safety and performance indicators, including fuel levels and engine operation. Medical bubble detectors have been implemented to provide a failsafe fuel alert. As the first suit of its kind, Gravity is developing protocols in line with the Civil Aviation Authority. The suit is Wi-Fi-enabled, which allows live data streaming from the suit for both ground monitoring and HUD system.
Gravity’s first flight system the 'Daedalus' suit has been built by hand through relentless testing, phased flights and system evolution prior to the technology patent being filed. It has already secured hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment and is working alongside brand partner Red Bull to document the build of its first system and the evolution of human propulsion flights.
Gravity founder, Richard Browning said, “This is a momentous point in aviation history. Daedalus is simply the beginning of a core technology that has endless potential in aviation, commercial and entertainment applications. “I have aeronautics in my blood. My grandfather instructed on WW2 Hurricanes, and the other was Chairman of Westland Helicopters. My father was an aeronautical engineer and an innovator, too.”
He continued, “We’ve already had a few comparisons to Tony Stark, but this is real-world aeronautical innovation. We are serious about building a world-changing technology business. We stand at the very beginning of what human propulsion systems will do. It’s at the same point as the mobile phone was in the early to mid-80's or the internet of the early 90's – and I have to say, it’s phenomenally exciting.”