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Meet Richard M. Browning, the man some people are calling the “real-life Iron Man,” although he doesn’t particularly like it. A former Royal Marine Reserve, Richard was always fascinated with flight and got some people on board to build a suit that would allow everyday people to fly around. After just 12 months, he had a working model of “miniaturized jet-engines with a specially designed exoskeleton allowing vertical take off and flight” according to his website, the product being named Daedalus. Pretty impressive for such a short time of R&D.
The latest version of the jetpack suit cost Browning 40,000 British Pounds or 53,000 USD to develop.
Now, the suit is being fine tuned and perfected as his company, Gravity, is trying to make a shift toward the possibility of selling it to consumers much sooner than later. His whole system is set to revolutionize the way we travel and fly, and as aviation fans, we can’t tell you how exciting this makes us.
In the video below, you’ll see the suit in action on a YouTube show called Tested, hosted by MythBuster’s Adam Savage. After dropping your jaw seeing what this thing can do, you can stick around as Adam interviews the suit’s creator. You’ll find out a lot of really neat features of this one-year-old device such as the helmet having an augmented reality HUD screen.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the near future.