WATCH: Real life Iron Man jet suit flight in Salisbury

WATCH: Real life Iron Man jet suit flight in Salisbury

Published by Helen Down at 5:31pm 5th December 2018. (Updated at 12:39pm 6th December 2018)

Inventor Richard Browning took to the skies in the grounds of the Cathedral.

Around 250 children witnessed the former Royal Marine reservist take flight in his futuristic jet suit on Salisbury Cathedral School's lawn.

The Marvel film scene was brought to life as part of a Science and Technology and Engineering event set up by the Wessex Institute of Mechanical Engineers with Bishops Wordsworth School.

Richard Browning's Daedalus Mk. 1 suit has been seen by over a billion people around the world but this was the first time outside a cathedral.

In the first 12 months his company Gravity has carried out 46 flight events across 16 countries including 4 TED talks.



  • Six ECU kerosene microturbines, including two on each arm: automated with the best-in-class power-to-weight ratio
  • HUD system: the Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (912-1099) provides fuel and engine status on a heads-up display (HUD) system.
  • Wi-Fi data linkage: live streaming from the Daedalus suit to ground monitoring and the HUD system.
  • Fuel air detection: utilising medical bubble detectors to provide a fail-safe fuel alert.
  • Graphene composites: using composite materials to reduce the weight of the suit.
  • Airbag system: working on an auto-inflate impact protection system (based on motorcycle airbags).

The flight sought to inspire the next generation of leaders in aeronautical engineering.

Richard Browning
Richard Browning after touching down from the flight




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