By Adam Naylor
With all the negative news circulating around the world these days with, North Korea, the NFL, and in Washington D.C., finally, there is an interesting, weird, and exciting news line to follow.
The news line comes from England. A man by the name of Richard Browning, who is also called the real life “Iron-Man”, owns a company called Gravity Industries. His company, which was founded in March 2017, focuses on making jetpacks that combine mini engines and also an exoskeleton that fits around your body so you can lift off and maneuver easily just like you were flying with a jetpack.
The company has been working on and first published a patent 7 months ago for the Iron-Man jetpack. The Iron-Man jetpack lets you give commands to the suits just like Iron Man, a superhero, can do. All of this didn’t come together overnight.
Richard Browning, the founder, is a reserve Marine for England’s Military and started the company from his own funding. He started with one micro gas turbine and eventually moved to two.
Him and his team started experimenting with gas turbines on their arms and legs. This sometimes didn’t work and Browning reflected on that, “This whole journey was very much about trying things and learning by failing at them most of the time.”
He kept trying and eventually got a six second flight. This is when he knew this dream could become a reality, “After awhile, I started refining the layout of all this.”
He has since redesigned the jetpack several times, getting it to the jetpack that he has now. He is the main flyer of the jetpack which cost 52,000 dollars to make.
Gravity Industries most impressive feat so far happened on November 8 in Reading, U.K.
Richard Browning flew his Iron Man Jetpack an outstanding speed of 32.02 miles per hour breaking the world record for the fastest jetpack. This company has only been established for a few months and has been making big leaps.
Browning talks about some of his exciting goals, “We are working on some things that will bring the experience of flight to a wider audience.”