The aviator took off from a helicopter above Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where he stabilised the wing  and then engaged the pack’s four jet engines to reach speeds of up to 186 miles per hour.

Rossy’s engines are controlled by a hand-held throttle and steering, pitching and descending are controlled by movements of his  shoulders, body and legs.

The total flight took 11 minutes 35 seconds and averaged altitudes of almost 4000 ft.

Rossy, also known as ‘Jetman’, began developing his project in 1993, and in 2008 used it to make a crossing of the English Channel.

So far, he has also flown over the Grand Canyon, performed aerobatics from the Breitling Orbiter balloon and flown in formation with two L-39c Albatros jet planes.

Rossy is the regarded as the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jetpack.