Jet Suit Testing by the British Royal Navy and Gravity Industries
Ever since Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, when Boba Fett busts his jet suit on Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge during the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, well, this writer was hooked. Jet packs have since been depicted in media and sci-fi, most notably in the dystopian scenario of Spielberg’s 2002 Minority Report (an adaptation of a 1956 science fiction novella by Philip K. Dick). The Guardian offers this thorough history of jet packs.
Technological fact now mirrors science fiction, as the British Royal Navy has recently been testing jet suit technology to board ships. A new video (above) was recently released by the UK-based Gravity Industries, which manufactures the jet suit technology.
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