First News - - Front Page - by edi­tor in chief Nicky Cox

ROCKET man Richard Brown­ing flew into the pages of Guin­ness World Records last week.

Called the ‘real life Iron Man’, Bri­tish in­ven­tor Richard broke the record for the fastest speed in a body-con­trolled jet en­gine power suit. Wear­ing the £40,000 Daedalus suit, which he de­signed him­self, Richard flew at 32.02mph.

The in­ven­tor, 38, took to the air at La­goona Park in Read­ing, Berk­shire. He takes off ver­ti­cally and con­trols di­rec­tion with his arms.

Richard, founder of tech­nol­ogy com­pany Grav­ity, says this is just the be­gin­ning and he plans to smash the record again in the fu­ture.

He said: “We stand at the very be­gin­ning of what hu­man propul­sion sys­tems will do. It’s at the same point as the mo­bile phone was in the early ‘80s or the in­ter­net of the early ‘90s. Daedalus will even­tu­ally be ca­pa­ble of fly­ing at sev­eral hun­dred miles per hour.”

The Grav­ity team and other ex­perts say they will con­tinue to im­prove these suits and, who knows, in 20 years we could all be zoom­ing about like Iron Man. Be­fore that they still have to make the suits safer, eas­ier and af­ford­able.

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