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Richard Browning, a British inventor, has set the world record for attaining the highest speed in a body-controlled jet suit.
Browning’s homemade futuristic gadget mirrors the suit that was used by Tony Stark in the comic ‘Iron Man’ by making use of jet engines that are dotted around his body.
Browning was able to achieve a speed of 32.02mph on his third timed attempt across the Lagoona Park in Reading, before mistiming one turn and crashing on his fourth attempt.
Browning was an ex-Royal Marine Reservist. He started working on the jet suit in early last year and has been attempting to improve his designs ever since.
The said system has been patented, so Browning is keeping relatively quiet regarding the specifics of how it works. However, what reporters know is that the thrust comes from six body-mounted jet engines that are similar to those found in a high-end model aircraft.
Two jet engines are mounted on the lower back thus providing base levels of thrust, while four wrist-mounted jets enable the wearer of the suit to increase speed, direct themselves, and brake.
The creation of Browning is not just a hobby, in establishing Gravity Industries the inventor aims that a new form of personal flight will kickstart.
“Daedalus is simply the beginning of a core technology that has endless potential in aviation, commercial and entertainment applications,” Browning explains.
From the early test, the design has significantly improved with the jets becoming easier to control and more streamlined.
For years, the jetpack has remained the ultimate gadget that never truly was.
While the world sees human beings flying in robot suits on films, real-life jetpacks have usually been large, bulky contraptions that are considered dangerous as they are unwieldy.
However, this new jet suit looks to be not only far more practical but also more capable.