Selfridges, a luxury goods store, is now stocking custom Iron Man suits. The flying suit has been designed by Richard Browning with the collaboration of Gravity Umbrellas and will be sold for $443000 a piece. Each suit comprises of 5 mini jet engines which allow the wearer to hover for four to five minutes. Browning tested the suit earlier this year at Europe’s largest zip line in Wales. He reached the speeds of 90km/h, even though the Selfridge suit comes with a recommended speed limit of 50km/h.
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According to the advertisement for the suit, it can reach an altitude of 3600 meters however Browning usually demonstrates the suit close to ground level, keeping in view the safety concerns. The suit has a large amount of black 3D printed parts on it. Browning officially launched the suit by flying above a closed street outside Selfridges. He said, “This consumes about four liters a minute in the hover [position] so you can fly for three or four minutes quite easily and we have got another version — certainly on a cold day when you get more thrust, it’ll fly for about nine minutes.”
Hovering in the suit consumes a lot of energy. Browning said, “That’s something we’re looking to improve, but it’s the inevitable consequence of flying without wings.” As he flew up wearing the suit outside the store, he wowed the crowd standing outside to witness the suit. After the demonstration, Browning said, “If you watch this as an audience member, you probably get exposed to more warmth than I do as the pilot. It’s actually surprisingly calm and not very violent. It’s very passive and gentle when you’re flying it.”
Browning and the suit are holding the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit. The record stands at flying over 32 mph for a distance of 100m.