Iron Man is a popular fictional superhero who appears in Marvel comic books and a handful of movies. The entire story revolves around a rich business magnate who creates a high-tech suit to protect the world as Iron Man. Like we said, the entire Iron Man world is fictional, which means that a super cool suit that can help you fly is as good as non-existent, right? Wrong! Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries Ltd, has come up with a flight suit that enables you to travel in air, just like Iron Man!
Christened the “Daedalus Mark 1,” this flight suit has as many as six miniature jet engines that help the user of this suit achieve vertical flight. The total power that this arrangement of jet engines produces is rated at 1,001 HP, which makes the flight suit as powerful as the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Richard can control the direction and speed using his arms, while data, such as the fuel consumption, is projected on a display inside the helmet, à la Iron Man! This flight suit has even recorded a maximum speed of 51.53 km/h during a Guinness World Records attempt for ‘Fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit’.
Speaking about the idea behind the Daedalus Mark 1, Richard Browning said ”his approach to flight was to augment the human mind and body because they are amazing machines, so I just bolted on what was missing – thrust.” He claims that his flight suit can “reach up to speeds of 200 mph (320 kmph)” and “can fly for 10 consecutive minutes at a few thousand feet.” That said, the inventor-entrepreneur keeps the speed and altitude low for safety reasons.
The Daedalus Mark 1 is brimming with technology. Other than the six jet engines, the flight suit features a high-tech HUD system that uses the Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition. It also has a WiFi data linkage system that live streams from the flight suit to ground monitoring. The suit also uses medical bubble detectors for a fail-safe fuel alert. There’s also an airbag system that is based on the motorcycle airbags technology.
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