GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER RICHARD BROWNING WEARING HUMAN PROPULSION JET SUIT AND FLYING UP THE WORLD‘S FASTEST ZIP-LINE TO TEST THE SPEED CAPABILITY OF THE JET SUIT, INTERV
Richard Browning, the founder of a British aeronautics and technology start-up, on Monday (March 19) donned a jet suit to fly up the world’s fastest zip-line.
Browning, who also serves as the Chief Test Pilot of his company Gravity Industries, set the world record for the “fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine body suit” when he reached 32.02 mph (51.53 km/h) in 2017.
The rocket man was not after another world record on Monday, as he sped along “Velocity”, which is the longest zip-line in Europe and the fastest in the world, and instead focused on testing the high speed capabilities of his new human propulsion flight suit.
Browning and his team have spent the winter working on refining their suit technology to allow him to fly at greater speeds with more stability.
“Flying up the wire you’re under your own power and if I turn the power down at any point I start rolling back. So it’s all down to the thrust of the suit produces. As soon as I get to the top of the point I want to turn around then it’s just down to gravity and I can control, to a degree, the manoeuvrability as I come down but really that’s just all in the hands of gravity,” he explained.
Riders usually reach top speeds above 100mph (160,93 km/h) on the Velocity.
“Trying to fly this is very hard to describe because it’s unlike anything else really that I can describe, really. I mean, you are spooling up a thousand horsepower of jet engine power and then manipulating it such that you can move around the sky almost anywhere you want to go. It is it is indescribable. The experience of that kind of complete free form of flight,” Browning said after the flight.
Monday’s event was also closely followed by Guinness World Records, who are featuring Browning in their new book “Science & Stuff”, hoping his achievements will help inspire a new generation of technology innovators.
IEW WITH BROWNING EXPLAINING TEST OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIBING WHAT FLIGHT FELT LIKE