British inventor of 1,000 horsepower 'Iron Man' suit flies to the Isle of Wight to deliver a letter 


British inventor flies across the Solent to the Isle of Wight to hand-deliver a letter using his 1,000 horsepower ‘Iron Man’ suit powered by FIVE jet engines

  • Richard Browning once again donned his jet-engine powered suit with 1,000 bhp
  • The maverick British inventor this time used his suit to fly across the Solent 
  • It saw him fly from the mainland to the Isle of Wight to hand deliver a letter 
  • Almost a mile (1.3km) trip from Lymington to Fort Albert on the island 

A maverick British inventor has hand-delivered a letter to the Isle of Wight by donning his jet-powered suit. 

The body suit, created by Richard Browning, is similar to the one worn by Tony Stark in the Marvel universe and can traverse vast distances.

It uses five gas turbines that produce over 1,000 brake horsepower to gain flight and can reach speeds of over 55mph (89kph).  

Gravity Industries is the firm behind the creation and it was awarded a patent earlier this year in what its British creators are saying is the world’s first for a ‘jet suit’. 

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The trip across the Solent (pictured) is the furthest yet undertaken in the suit, building on the successes of previous smaller trials

The trip across the Solent (pictured) is the furthest yet undertaken in the suit, building on the successes of previous smaller trials

HOW DOES THE ‘JET SUIT’ WORK?

Number of turbines: 5

Fuel: Jet A1 Kerosene, Premium Diesel

Engine: 1050bhp / 144kg

RPM = 120,000 

Fight Time: Up to 8 minutes 

Speed: Typically in excess of 60km/h

Pilot weight: Under 13 stone (85kg) wearing current Jet Suit 

The trip across the Solent is the furthest yet undertaken in the suit, building on the successes of previous smaller trials. 

It was almost a mile long trip (1.3km) from Hurst Castle in Lymington to Fort Albert in Freshwater.

Richard Browning has previously demonstrated the suit in more than 20 countries around the world.

Mr Browning says the firm now hope to launch a series of suits for teams to use fly around competitive race courses.

‘Since launching Gravity in 2017, we have not stopped challenging the status quo,’ he said.

‘Restlessly pioneering developments in STEM, today’s patent issuance is a giant milestone for Gravity which will enable us to continue to innovate and hopefully inspire others.

Maverick British inventor Richard Browning has hand-delivered a letter to the Isle of Wight by donning his jet-powered suit

Maverick British inventor Richard Browning has hand-delivered a letter to the Isle of Wight by donning his jet-powered suit

The patent, issued by the UK's Intellectual Property Office, covers: 'A wearable flight system with a number of propulsion assemblies including a left-hand propulsion assembly and a right-hand propulsion assembly worn on a user's hands and/or forearm'

The patent, issued by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, covers: ‘A wearable flight system with a number of propulsion assemblies including a left-hand propulsion assembly and a right-hand propulsion assembly worn on a user’s hands and/or forearm’

The British company has been awarded what it claims is the world's first patent for a 'jet suit'. Gravity Industries' multi-gas turbine engine Jet Suit has been described as a 'wearable flight system' that with turbine engines mounted to the wearer's arms and back

The British company has been awarded what it claims is the world’s first patent for a ‘jet suit’. Gravity Industries’ multi-gas turbine engine Jet Suit has been described as a ‘wearable flight system’ that with turbine engines mounted to the wearer’s arms and back

‘Our current priority is the launch of a Gravity Race Series in late 2019, which will see a new cohort of diverse pilots putting their flight skills to the test, competing in teams on courses around the world.’

The patent, issued by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, covers ‘A wearable flight system with a number of propulsion assemblies including a left-hand propulsion assembly and a right-hand propulsion assembly worn on a user’s hands and/or forearm’.

‘Preferably a body propulsion assembly is provided with support for a user’s waist or torso. Leg propulsion systems may also be provided.’

In documents that formed part of the patent claim, the company cited Marvel Studios’ Iron Man character and his use of a wearable flight system which utilises propulsion units worn on the hands.

The firm said it was already in ‘advanced discussions’ with possible host cities, broadcasters and sponsors over launching its race series in the second half of 2019.

The company has also launched a STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) project in UK schools.

It’s mission, said the Gravity Industries website, is to ‘inspire innovation and creativity in the STEM domain and encourage engagement and participation in STEM subjects prior to GCSE subject selection and beyond’.   





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