Gravity Industries has been experimenting with its own personal flgiht suit. Many people have called it the Iron Man suit, but it's more the
spiritual successor of the old jetpacks. However, rather than hydrogen peroxide rockets, the Daedalus suit, as it is really called, uses actual small
jet engines. These are very similar to the hobbyist JetCat and other micro turbines.
The current Daedalus suit is on its second iteration. Originally, there were two smaller engines in the backpack with the fuel. There were also four
engines on the arms for stability control. The recent update has consolidated the two backpack engines into one, larger engine. The flight
capability has increased from 30 odd mph to around 50 mph.
Recently, Gravity Industries did a demo for the Royal Navy where the founder flew from a patrol boat to rigid inflatable boats and back. The boats
were all going 20 knots and the pilot flitted from one to the next pretty easily. The tests were conducted off the Isle of Wight. This is not the
first demo by GI for the Brits. The current demo was to do a proof of concept for ship boarding operations for scenarios like pirates, etc. Past
demoes were for the Royal Marines.
Clearly, more work would be needed to make it useful for actually using in a situation where weapons might be used, but it does give a hint of what
may be coming. Or perhaps, the Brits were concerned about the Green Goblin invasion
attempt enough to seek a counter.
So many superlatives here..
Shark bait,new targetting drones for Navy trialled,still cheaper than an F35,new missile Guidance system trialled,Pizza Hut starts new rapid delivery
system for Navy,Captain needs to return his DVD rental before end of business...Shall we continue?
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