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One UK entrepreneur has transformed himself into a real-life Iron Man of sorts, and he says his custom-built exoskeleton with six attached micro jet engines could do the same for just about anyone else.
The result was a new company, Gravity, which launches Friday along with the unveiling of its first product, the Daedulus flight suit. The company claims Daedulus should be able to fly at speeds up to several hundreds of miles per hour, although Browning hasn't been able to find a large enough test flight area to get it going that fast just yet.
Browning and others developed Daedulus over the course of 2016. He began by strapping small gas turbine engines to his body and gradually learning how to control them strictly with his own mind and muscles.
"We looked at the physics a bit and we thought, yea, this could work," engineer Jon Reece says in the below mini-documentary produced by Red Bull.
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Of course, there is a certain amount of physical effort that goes into controlling it...
Browning says it does require a certain amount of arm, shoulder, and core strength, but adds, "I think a reasonably fit person could do it."
It also helps to be lightweight though. Browning weighs 160 pounds and say he's strong for his weight.
Even for Browning – a dedicated triathlete, ultra-marathon runner and endurance canoeist – the suit tests the limits of personal fitness. He describes the strength required to direct the jets as "severe". In order to fly, he must follow a strenuous workout regime; in a typical week's training he cycles over 150km and does three intensive calisthenics sessions. He also runs 40km every Saturday morning, starting at 2am.