Real life 'Iron Man' showcases flight suit in Dubai

Richard Browning's suit allows him to achieve vertical take-off and control his direction and speed by using his arms
By Lubna Hamdan
Wed 02 May 2018 10:22 AM

An ex-Royal Marine with the British Armed Forces, who has earned the title of ‘real life Iron Man’, demonstrated his body-controlled jet engine flight suit in Dubai during the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).

Richard Browning, founder and pilot at Gravity Industries, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a body controlled jet suit, in which he clocked 51.53km/h. His flight suit ‘Daedulus Mark I’ is designed to incorporate five miniature jet engines, each providing 22kgs of thrust, with two mounted on each arm and one in a backpack.

It allows him to achieve vertical take-off and control his direction and speed of flight by using his arms.

“Within the past year, we’ve delivered over 50 talks and flights in more than 16 countries. It’s been a real pleasure to be able to add Dubai to our line-up, showcasing the next stages of aeronautical innovation at the Future Tech conference,” said Browning.

The suit comes with a helmet that displays fuel levels, safety performance indicators and Wi-Fi for ground monitoring.

The conference, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre until May 3, also saw the first song fully composed by artificial intelligence (AI), “Ode to Dubai”.

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Last Updated: Wed 02 May 2018 11:03 AM GST

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