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LONDON (Reuters) – Ever fancied a dab at being “Iron Man”? Now you can. A jet suit created by a British former commodities trader has gone on sale in a London department store with a cool price tag of 340,000 pounds ($443,428).
Made up of five miniature jet engines mounted on the pilot’s arms and back, and also of electronics and 3D printed parts, the suit by Gravity Industries is reminiscent of the one worn by Robert Downey Jr as Marvel superhero “Iron Man”.
Running on jet fuel or diesel, it has a speed record of 32 miles per hour (51 kph) and altitude limit of 12,000 feet (3,658 meters), though inventor Richard Browning hovers only a few meters above the ground when using it, for safety reasons.
He has taken it on demonstrations around the world and on Wednesday took flight above a small closed-off street outside luxury department store Selfridges, which is selling custom-made versions of the suit. “This consumes about four liters a minute in the hover (position) so you can fly for three or four minutes quite easily and we have got another version – certainly on a cold day when you get more thrust, it’ll fly for about nine minutes,” he said.
“That’s something we’re looking to improve but it’s the inevitable consequence of flying without wings.” The curious can see the suit at the store as well as test out a virtual reality version. Anybody who decides to buy a suit will also be offered training.
“If you watch this as an audience member you probably get exposed to more warmth than I do as the pilot,” Browning said. “It’s actually surprisingly calm and not very violent. It’s very passive and gentle when you’re flying it.”
The Jet Suit is a device from Gravity Industries that allows you to fly at 32 mph for up to nine minutes. It gives the wearer full control through five mini jet engines. There are two mini engines on each arm and one on the back allowing you to control your movement just by moving your hands.
The fuel is also stored in the backpack and the suit has 1050 bhp in total. The suit took months to develop and many of the parts are 3D printed. Selfridges are selling nine suits and have a VR experience in their London store available to try out. Experience days with the suits can also be purchased.
Watch the Video Display of the Jetsuit Below
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