Watch – An air jumper makes a jet-winged suit and enters the Guinness Book of Records
Peter Salzman, a professional wing suit player, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to complete a flight in an all-electric air jump.
A wing suit (or flying squirrel) is the sport of flying through the air using a suit that extends like a wing, which adds space to the human body in order to increase lift during landing. The suit was first introduced to the market in the late 1990s.
This sport uses a special suit worn by the jumper, equipped with areas of cloth between the arms and legs, and extends between the legs. These extra spaces work to raise the flying person, and he glides quietly in the air, as the air flows under those spaces that act as the wings of the bird or the plane.
Born in Austria, Salzmann found his primary passion for jumping, i.e. jumping off stationary objects such as buildings, bridges and cliffs. While some jumpers prefer to use a winged suit to enable them to travel away from their jumping points, some experiment with thrusters to achieve higher horizontal speeds and avoid landing or stay afloat longer and avoid landing.
Salzman relied on his experience in the field to make wing suit jumping more exciting and had been thinking about putting a motor on the wing suit for some time.
according to to report Globetrender Salzman reached out to BMW i (BMWi), a BMW subsidiary focused on electric propulsion, in 2017.
Working with the company, Salzman built a stationary platform powered by electric motors. At first glance, the alien gadget looks like a tiny submarine that can dive into the seas in search of valuable possessions, but this machine can spin at an astonishing 25,000 revolutions per minute.
With a 7.5 kilowatt engine, each thruster compresses air and pushes it out at a higher pressure, providing thrust that Salzman can use to gain some extra speed, as well as increase height. This engine is powered by a 50-volt lithium-ion battery that can be activated using the thumb throttle on the left sleeve of his suit.
When Salzman jumped out of a helicopter just under 10,000 feet (3,000 metres), the suit provided the thrust to reach a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h). Given that conventional engines can only reach one-third of those speeds, this is a major achievement.
Moreover, the 15 minutes of propulsion provided by the electric motors not only allowed Salzman to soar over a mountaintop, but also earned a Guinness World Record for completing the first-ever electric suit flight.