Delegates at the second annual SingularityU South Africa Summit witnessed the future of human flight as Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot of Gravity Industries, showcased a Jet Suit flight.
01 October 2018: With two weeks to go until the much-anticipated second annual SingularityU South Africa Summit, organisers Mann Made have announced that delegates will witness human flight as Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot of Gravity Industries, showcases a Jet Suit flight.
His invention is what the dreams of Dedalus, the Greek father of flight, were made of. It’s also in line with the advancements in mobility seen in recent years with the rise of autonomous vehicles; self-driving modular, electric pods; drone deliveries and single-seater quadcopters. South African export Elon Musk projects that the Hyperloop and SpaceX mega-rockets will reduce long-distance travel to and from any destination in the world to under an hour.
“We have seen that all forms of mobility are being disrupted by exponential technologies,” says Mic Mann, co-Organiser of the SingularityU South Africa Summit and co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa. “Africa has some of the most densely populated and mobility-challenged cities in the world. Human flight can make hard-to-reach parts of the continent much more accessible, which may, in turn, help to solve some of the continent’s grand challenges.”
While some may think that human flight is still far off, SingularityU South Africa Summit speaker Richard Browning will prove otherwise. Browning founded the pioneering aeronautical innovation company called Gravity Industries. Since its launch in March 2017, Gravity has invented, built and patented a human flight system. His dream is to reimagine human flight through an elegant collaboration of the mind, body and cutting-edge technology. This vision led to the creation of the Gravity Jet Suit, parts of which have been 3D printed. Its five gas turbine jet engines generate 147kg of thrust that allows for vertical lift and directional propulsion at speeds of up to 70km/h, that can currently cover a distance of 1.4km for the duration of eight minutes.
“After 58 live flights in over 20 countries we are delighted to be performing in Africa for the first time at the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2018, where we will be sharing our journey and our plans for the future International Jet Suit Race Series,” says Richard Browning.
Gravity Industries is also at the forefront of developing Jet Suits for future everyday use. Earlier this year, its Director of Flight Training, Dr Angelo Grubisic, broke the record for Jet Suit Speeds of 74km/h. While a Gravity Jet Suit was sold earlier this year in London for $445 000, Browning, alongside his team, wants to create a world-class aeronautical engineering business that challenges the perceived boundaries of human aviation and makes it much more affordable in the future.
Join Richard Browning and other speakers at the 2018 SingularityU South Africa Summit on 15 and 16 October where African and global innovators will enable delegates and their organisations to keep pace with advances in science and exponential technologies. To learn more about the SingularityU South Africa Summit and to buy your ticket, visit: https://singularityusouthafricasummit.org/.