“Savage Uses Browning’s Jets to Build Real Iron Man Suit,” by S.M. O’Connor

Inspired by his friendship with British inventor Richard Browning, who invented the 1,000-horse power Jet Suit, former Mythbusters star Adam Savage used a 3D printer to create a titanium suit modeled on the Iron Man Mark 2 powered exoskeleton suit of armor from Iron Man (2008) that incorporates Browning’s jets so it really flies.  The original Jet Suit can currently be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) in Chicago.

For his new Science Channel show Savage Builds, Mr. Savage recruited a team from the Colorado School of Mines to build the suit.  Marvel Studios shared plans for the Iron Man Mark 2 costume, which the Colorado School of Mines team used to build real pieces.  The final suit was comprised of 280 pieces and made of titanium, urethane, and nylon, Jennifer Schachter explained in the YouTube video posted by C|Net.

Credit: C|Net Caption: C|Net posted this video on YouTube on June 15, 2019 and it has been seen by over 69,000 people.  Adam Savage made this real Iron Man suit for his eight-part show for the Science Channel: Savage Builds.  Savage wanted to fly it himself, but ultimately realized it would be better to have Richard Browning be the test pilot for the suit.

Guests can view Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit, which is comprised of five small jet engines and an exoskeleton at the M.S.I.’s exhibit Wired to Wear.  Created by Richard Browning, chief test pilot and founder, this jet suit can travel more than thirty miles per hour and ascend to 12,000 feet.

Jet Suit Flight at The Museum of Science and Industry
Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning, flying his jet suit for the opening of the Wired to Wear exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: Created by Richard Browning, chief test pilot and founder, this Jet Suit can travel more than thirty miles per hour and ascend to 12,000 feet. Mr. Spector took this picture on March 21, 2019 during the opening of Wired to Wear.

British inventor Richard Browning wanted to reimagine human flight with an elegant partnership of mind, body, and machine. This vision lead to the creation of the Gravity Jet Suit in March of 2017. In the first twelve months, his company, Gravity Industries, executed forty-six flight events across sixteen countries, and he has led multiple TED talks about the suit’s creation. In addition to being a pioneer in the field of personal flight systems, he is an ultra-marathon runner, an ex-Royal Marine reservist, and has also been dubbed the real-life “Iron Man.”

Wired to Wear™, presented by BMO, the newest temporary exhibit at the M.S.I., opened on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  It will run through May of 2020.

Often stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.

Normally, the M.S.I. is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  However, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Saturday, June 22, 2019 through Sunday, June 30, 2019.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

 

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