Man Builds His Own Iron-Man Hoversuit With Jet Engines Attached To His Arms

March 31, 2017

This is a video of inventor Richard Browning demonstrating the Daedalus flying suit he built with his team at Gravity Industries. The suit uses a pair of small jet engines mounted on the user's back, as well as one or two on each arm, to lift a would-be Iron Man off the ground. The future! (Why's the future always have to be so loud?)

According to Wired UK, Richard's suit "can travel at a speed of up to 279 miles an hour, although Browning hasn't tested it to anywhere near full capacity."

To hover, Browning starts his engines before directing his movement with small, precise shifts of his body. The two turbines on his back are splayed out to provide balance; the two on each arm angle forward. Pointing down creates what Browning calls "a teepee of thrust vectors," pushing him away from the ground. Shifting his arms back sends him forward; flaring his arms out pushes him down. If he wants more speed, he pulls his arms in and pushes his chest out.

Admittedly, this does look like a step in the right direction. But what I'm looking for is a giant leap in the right direction. You know, like that famous spaceman once said. What was his name again? "Buzz Lightyear." Yes, Buzz Lightyear, thank you.

Keep going for three videos of the system being tested.

Thanks to Will M, who agrees birds don't realize how sweet they've got it.

  • Perpetual Pizza

    Jetpacks are better.

  • Kazuka Roo

    this is technically several small jetpacks

  • It looks hard to do now, but keep in mind that in the very near future you'll be able to wear an exoskeleton that will do the work for you, and a computer that will compensate for you so you just point where you want to go .

  • Tom327Cat

    THIS! For clearing snow from my driveway. Hands stay warm. No slipping on the ice.

  • Gilbert

    Now you just have to patent it...

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    "small, precise shifts of his body" for the love of god DON'T SNEEZE!

  • TheQiwiMan

    This has got to be SO exhausting! You gotta have a ton of core strength, and even then, 10 minutes of this will surely beat you up good.

    ("Exhausting", pun was pun-intentional)

  • palpable ovaltine

    It looks extremely easy to insure yourself with it too. Move a limb too far away from your body and it torques away from you like an errant missile. It happened once or twice with his arm in the video. And that's not even bringing up the potential explosion factors.

  • MaidoMaido

    easy to injure, but costly to insure

  • DrZanz

    I was thinking the same, and now imagine a limb flail like that at 200mph (along with the thrust needed for 200mph)
    Goodbye arm.

  • That's all I could think about.

  • Meh

    Now that's hella cool.

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