Human propulsion technology startup Gravity has unveiled its latest invention, an Iron Man-inspired jet suit, during a demonstration in London. The flight jet suit is for sale at Selfridges department store and comes with a hefty price tag of £340,000 (about $443,428).
Gravity was founded by British inventor Richard Browning, who also built and patented the personal flight system.
Weighing at 27 kilograms, the body movement-controlled suit was created using 3D printed parts. It is equipped with five kerosene-fuelled micro jet engines mounted on the arms and back. The jet engines allow the user to hover for about 4-5 minutes before needing to refuel.
Browning said the suit can reach speeds of up to 90km/hr, but the Selfridges version comes with a recommended limit of 50 km/h. The suits are able to reach an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet).
"We have got another version -- certainly on a cold day when you get more thrust, it'll fly for about nine minutes," Browning added. "That’s something we’re looking to improve but it’s the inevitable consequence of flying without wings."
The suit is available for viewing at Selfridges London, along with a virtual reality version for testing. Consumers get a personalized version of the suit along with a crash course on how to fly it.
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