Watch the Stunning Moment This Traveller Turned Himself into a Real-Life Iron Man
Iceland is a rugged yet stunningly beautiful land. Residents and travellers alike revel in the experience of taking in its sweeping vistas and amazing sights, but the drawback is that these excursions are all bound to the earth, thus limiting what you can actually see and experience. Well, at least for most visitors. Thanks to Richard Browning’s Gravity Industries, one visitor got to visit Iceland as no one else ever has—wearing a jet suit.
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It’s not quite Iron Man’s suit, nor is it the Rocketeer’s jet pack, but the flight suit made by Gravity Industries does allow a person to actually fly solo—no plane, helicopter, or catapult (admittedly, the latter is probably more like falling than it is like flying, but you get the point).
The Gravity Jet Suit is made of custom-built, 3D-printed parts with specialised electronics that control five separate small jet engines. The pack can achieve a top speed of around 32 miles per hour and can reach heights of up to 12,000 feet. The suit is the brainchild of inventor Richard Browning who revealed that all told, the suit cost around $450,000 to build.
Of the trip over Iceland, Browning said, “Such a beautiful landscape to explore and view from the unique perspective of flying a Gravity Jet Suit! So grateful to be adventuring and exploring after the months of lockdown.” The video is unfortunately short, but you get the idea of just how amazing an experience it would be to not only fly, but to fly over the picturesque landscape of Iceland. This is definitely an exclusive experience, but maybe that won’t always be the case.
Browning has stated, “The team and I are delivering on the vision to build Gravity into a world-class aeronautical engineering business, challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation, and inspire a generation to dare ask ‘what if…” Gravity does offer a suite of packages that will let you experience individual flight, but we’re still a ways out from everyone being able to fly over Iceland with a personal jet pack. Regardless of current limitations, the video is inspiring and definitely leads you to wonder, “What if…”