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Fly like Iron Man thanks to this incredible jet-powered suit

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Stark raving mad.

It was only a case of when, not if, someone made an Iron Man suit – and it seems the time has indeed come for humans to soar like oil-guzzling eagles.

The Daedalus suit is the creation of UK inventor Richard Browning, and uses four body-mounted jet engines to propel its wearer into the air. These are supplied by fuel packs also built into the suit.

Browning developed the Daedalus over a period of a year. Here you can see it slowly progressing to the latest, most impressive incarnation. He's a brave fellow.

Daedalus features a heads-up display in the helmet which keeps the user aware of fuel and engine performance. It's also Wi-fi enabled for the live transmission of data from the suit.

Guiding the system through the air isn't an easy task. The mini-jet engines exert enormous force, so in order to prevent it spiralling out of control Browning has undergone rigorous callisthenics training to increase his strength.

"This is a momentous point in aviation history," said Browning in a press release. "Daedalus is simply the beginning of a core technology that has endless potential in aviation, commercial and entertainment applications.

"I have aeronautics in my blood. My grandfather instructed on WW2 Hurricanes, and the other was Chairman of Westland Helicopters. My father was an aeronautical engineer and an innovator, too."

The startup recently formed by Browning, Gravity Industries ltd, is launching "commercial flights for private and public events ", which we think means watching him whizz around in the apparatus, on April 3.

Browning is far from the first inventor to pursue the dream of jet-powered human flight. Various jetpack-like projects have taken off in recent years, but none have had the superhero flair of Daedalus.


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