Founded in March 2017 by Richard Browning, gravity businesses is a British tech start-up that is bringing to life our superhero fantasy: the iron man suit. The suit — which will be soon 3D-printed in steel — has six miniature jet engines mounted on the arms and the lower spine.
But don’t get too excited about the notion of becoming another Tony Stark as there is still a long road to be paved regarding this innovation. To start with, the iron man suit by Gravity demands an enormous amount of physical control due to the forces it accomplishes. Browning, an ex-royal marine, explained to Redbull as ‘severe’ the strength required to direct the jets. He states that ‘to fly, he must stick to a strenuous exercise regime; in a normal week’s practice he cycles over 150 km and will three intensive calisthenic sessions. He also runs 40 kilometers every Saturday morning, starting at two am.’
The jet-pack suit has the gas tank at the back, and each two-engine arm setup weighs up to 90lbs, reaching temperatures of 700ºC. Thankfully, the risk of catching fire is reduced as the heat is soon dispersed by the air. The company has stated that they are currently working to make the engines more fit for the job, as well as on the 3D-printed suit that may feature temperature-proof, one-piece, aluminum housing for the rocket engines. Last, they are also considering adding wings to the suit.