Progress on an Iron Man Suit is Being Made

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    Back in 2017, Red Bull posted a video of the "Daedulus" kerosene-powered jetpack created by Richard M. Browning, and its creators set a Guinness world record later that year. But since then, Mr. Browning has gone on to become the CEO of a company built around the jetpack called "Gravity Industries," and it looks like he's made some significant progress with the device's development. The company uploads new testing footage almost every week, including a shot of a jetpack pilot landing on a moving truck, but the company is so confident that they're starting to give the press members access to the suits. In the Hacksmith's latest video, the YouTuber seemingly picked up the basics of the flight suit relatively quickly, and Gravity mentioned that they already have a cheaper, 3D printed jet suit in testing. Thanks to CaptNumbNutz for the tip.

    Check out the video here.

    FLYING LIKE IRON MAN RETURNS! Gravity Industries & Richard Browning have successfully flown like Iron Man with their custom jet suit that uses kerosene jet engines! I flew (punny!) down to California to meet them and try out the jet suit for myself! Stay tuned for the next video where we turn his system into a true Iron Man suit, complete with a metal iron man helmet!
     
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  2. mullet

    mullet [H]ard|Gawd

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    I have to admit that is pretty cool.
     
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  3. jeffj7

    jeffj7 [H]Lite

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    Cool but possibly a Little toasty
     
  4. Hatriot

    Hatriot Limp Gawd

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    Wish them total success, but hasn't this been done to death back in the 60's. I realize the arm jets are new, but principal is still the same. Isn't it not really feasible due to fuel capacity constraints?
     
  5. katanaD

    katanaD [H]ard|Gawd

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    seems hard on the shoulders. also need some good arm strength to make that work, but yeah.. neat
     
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    Doesn't seem to be any structure from the jets to/throughout the suit, so this is like holding yourself up by your arms (think parallel beams in gymnastics) ... so fat guy who's been reading Iron Man all his life won't be doing this :D
     
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  7. andrewaggb

    andrewaggb Limp Gawd

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    It's pretty cool. Just needs an arc reactor.
     
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  8. ir0nw0lf

    ir0nw0lf [H]ardness Supreme

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    I'm sure nothing can possibly go wrong with this idea... :eek::D
     
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  9. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    I've been following this project for a few years now. Just a completely amazing project! Maybe in 20 years these will be accessible for us, and I can't wait.
     
  10. seanreisk

    seanreisk Gawd

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    Oh, my dear sweet Jesus, the south is gonna burn .... NEVER give rednecks new ideas.

    "Rednecks - the equipment used in this video was built and operated by professionals who have years of experience and a deep understanding of the hazards and limitations inherent in ... in ... Shit, is that smoke I see over there?"
     
  11. Aireoth

    Aireoth 2[H]4U

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  12. Skull_Angel

    Skull_Angel [H]ard|Gawd

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    Kerosene powered jet pack? Sounds more like the Rocketeer than Iron Man.
     
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  13. Archaea

    Archaea [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Somebody is gonna be a human firecracker before this thing gets very far out of prototype stage.

    I kept thinking the instructor standing between those face melting thrusters of the human firework is in great danger himself...

    The whole thing is an insurance nightmare.
     
  14. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    it´s almost as loud as a FX5800 ultra :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::D:D
     
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  15. Smashing Young Man

    Smashing Young Man [H]ard|Gawd

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    Who is their target customer? This thing is and will remain insanely dangerous to life and property to use, no matter how advanced it becomes. I don't think the military will see much use in it; they've already researched and discarded the idea due to its limitations—short range being the primary one—and this seems to have all those same limitations.

    Perhaps entertainment companies like those who offer paragliding and bungee jumping experiences might be interested, though I don't see this thing ever becoming easy enough to use that some random vacationing tourist can strap it on and flit around in it.

    The most hobbyists could do with it is goof around in an open field, which I don't believe would remain fun for long. No way will this thing ever be allowed to operate freely in a populated area, as much due to the noise as its inherent danger.

    But it is still cool.
     
  16. DarkStryke

    DarkStryke [H]ard|Gawd

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    The future of this is integration with exoskeletal assists.
     
  17. seanreisk

    seanreisk Gawd

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    Short range, low ferry weight, hazardous materials, difficult controls for high stress situations, troops are vulnerable to enemy fire, non-stealthy (especially at night), troops deprived of primary weapon ... Those are the reasons the Army rejected a VTOL platform in the 1980's that they thought could be used for scouting. The platform worked, but the Army finally decided that it was too vulnerable in combat.
     
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