He has been described as the real-life Iron Man – not least for his efforts in building a £400,000, 800-power jet suit, which he claims will eventually be able to fly at “hundreds of miles per hour”. To some, the exploits of inventor, investor and tech visionary Richard Browning seem far-fetched.
Whilst that may be the case, that didn’t stop technology investor Tim Draper from injecting over half a million dollars in Gravity Industries, Browning’s latest project which offers to sell these suits, branded as the Daedalus Mark 1. In November 2017, Browning earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records when he smashed the record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit. The former oil trader, ultra-marathon runner and Royal Marines reservist was inspired by his father, an aeronautical engineer and inventor who committed suicide whilst he was a teenager.
Gravity Industries, Browning’s very own ‘human propulsion technology’ start-up plans to offer customers the Daedalus at $250,000, due to the nature of each suit needing to be made according to its owner. As technology develops and Gravity Industries receives more investments, the idea of jet-packs may not seem so farfetched after all.