Ex Royal Marine Becomes "Real Life Iron Man"

Ex-Royal Marine Flies 'Real Life Iron Man' Suit

The invention claims to be "pioneering an entirely new category in aviation history"...

Ex Royal Marine Becomes "Real Life Iron Man"

Former Royal Marine reserve and inventor Richard Browning has flown the Daedalus, an Iron Man-style suit, at a convention in Vancouver.

Richard Browning's short flight took place at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in front of a large crowd.

The kit, created using six miniature jet engines and a special exoskeleton, allows the user to take off vertically and fly. 

Gravity Industries, the company patenting the invention, says it's "pioneering an entirely new category in aviation history" that re-imagines mannered flight. 

It took Mr Browning 13 months to build the suit, which can currently fly for 10 uninterrupted minutes.

Watch the Daedalus Suit in action:

Richard Browning said:

"This is a momentous point in aviation history. Daedalus is simply the beginning of a core technology that has endless potential in aviation, commercial and entertainment applications."

"I have aeronautics in my blood. My grandfather instructed on WW2 Hurricanes, and the other was Chairman of Westland Helicopters. 

"My father was an aeronautical engineer and an innovator, too.

"We've already had a few comparisons to Tony Stark, but this is real-world aeronautical innovation."

"We are serious about building a world-changing technology business. 

"We stand at the very beginning of what human propulsion systems will do. 

"It's at the same point as the mobile phone was in the early to mid-80's or the internet of the early 90's – and I have to say, it's phenomenally exciting."