Richard Browning spoke at SU Global Summit 2018 and demoed the Gravity Jetpack twice this week in the SF bay area.
* they have made flying the Jet Suit far easier to fly. There is adjustment of the thrust so that as fuel is used and the flyer is getting lighter the thrust is reduced so the arms can be kept in the same position
* They have made six Jet Suit so far. A couple have been sold for about $440,000 each
* there is a jetpack that can fly for four minutes and another that can fly for nine minutes.
* they are developing winged Jet Suit.
Winged jetpacks will be ten times more fuel efficient and enable far higher speeds. They will also allow gliding and being able to safely move past danger zones in vertical flight for safer travel.
The Gravity winged jetpacks will be more similar to the Yves Rossi jetpack rather than hang-glider fabric wings.
Right now they offer jetpacks for sale (about US$440K), jetpack flight experiences (about $14K) and jetpack training.
They are getting a lot of interest from the military but military procurement is long.
Gravity and Richard Browning are focused on building mass market sustainable business revenues.
This will be from racing events and creating televised shows and mass audience events.
Imagine a racecourse with several people going through and around large hoops and poles.
Richard believes having jetpack racing will drive the rapid improvement of the technology and the capabilities. This is similar to how Formula One and other car racing drive car technology. More powerful engines, lighter materials will be used.
The jetpack flying around a lake is similar to the racing laps that jetpack racing will have.