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UK inventor creates real-life Iron Man suit

By T.K. Randall
April 1, 2017 · Comment icon 19 comments

No, this is not an April Fool. Image Credit: YouTube / Red Bull / Gravity Industries
Former marine Richard Browning has created a working Iron Man suit out of six miniature jet engines.
Despite being revealed just in time for April Fool's Day, this remarkable suit is actually a genuine invention called 'Daedalus' that is capable of vertically taking off and flying through the air.

While it's still early days yet, the impressive creation is already showing a lot of promise.
According to Browning, once it's finished the suit will be able to fly at 200mph at altitudes of up to 2000ft, however right now it has only been able to lift a few feet off the ground.

It took only 13 months for him to turn the project from a concept in to a working machine.

"I think it's far less dangerous than driving a sports bike round country lanes," he said when asked about the suit's lack of safety features. "It's not anywhere as dangerous as it looks."

Source: Independent | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
Agreed on the above, but the answer I think lies in my previous post.  By the way, if I'm not mistaken he does have an adamantium suit now (or at least he used to have one for some time).    Magneto vs. Ultron would be super cool!  It all depends I guess on how much prepared would Ultron be to the fight: since he's ever adapting and evolving, he could feature a metalless body, rendering Magneto's powers useless. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
He already gifted himself with something similar if I recall correctly.   Then we could wonder why a Marvel superhero should help a DC superhero to take down another DC superhero, but I think we'll leave it for the next "Marvel vs. DC" super mega crossover. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
And besides, if you think about it, comics are always both utilitarian and limited by the writer's intelligence and education (and editorial choices).  And the readers' ones as well.    For example, why does Electro only mess with electricity?  He just needs to run a bit and could become the new Magneto (you know, Faraday's law)! Actually there's really no difference between the two, and yet that's not the case in the comics.    We tend to forget that US comics were born as a product for young male readers, usually teens or even pre-teens.  The only issue is that now those teens grew up... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by XenoFish 7 years ago
I was more into obscure comics rather than superhero ones. I felt the stories were all basically the same. Villain does this, hero's do that, etc.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Troublehalf 7 years ago
He couldn't justify the cost. Adamantium is incredibly expensive, which could be afforded, but would not really be worth it. Secondly, Adamantium is incredibly difficult to obtain. Thirdly Adamantium is incredibly difficult to work with, you can make it a liquid state and mould it, but once it's set, it's set. Stark constantly upgrades his suit because the Gold-Titanium Alloy he uses is not too expensive that throwing it away is a waste, easier to work with and can be upgraded and so on. An Adamantium suit would be incredibly powerful in resilience, but it would be limited by the other technol... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
I admit I had my fair share of superhero comics (mainly Marvel) and I loved it.  US comics for me were predominantly that, if you exclude Sandman (that was less superhero and more Gaiman) and that's one of the reasons why I grew bored with them.    I prefer when a story has a beginning and an end, I don't appreciate much the never-ending superhero soap operas.  After a while they lack in everything: ideas, innovation, coherence and pathos.  Everything can happen, will happen and will be undone, and death has a revolving door. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by XenoFish 7 years ago
That's why I quit collecting comics. The stories just lost meaning. Even the obscure stuff followed suit.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Aurora Borealis 7 years ago
I bet it's cheaper in China
Comment icon #18 Posted by Torviking 7 years ago
It'll never get off the ground!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Goodf3llow 7 years ago
That is a lot of engines..

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