Human-controlled flying suit breaks speed record

A little bit weird this week – but interesting we hope. Inventor Richard Browning has broken a world record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit, making him about as close as one can get to a real-world Iron Man. Browning’s record was confirmed after he reached a speed of 32.02 miles per hour on 9 November in Reading, UK. The previous record was 30 miles per hour. His jet suit runs on six micro gas turbines powered by kerosene, and required him to hit the gym to do core strength exercises to make sure he could keep his balance in the air.

Browning gave a TED Talk in April about how he built the suit. He gathered his jet suit endeavors up under the roof of a start-up called Gravity industries, and the next mission for Gravity, he says, is to add wings to the suit.




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