COULD FUTURE PUPILS GET TO SCHOOL LIKE THIS?
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.