UK inventor Richard Browning has soared into the record books with a new Guinness World record for the fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit.
During the record attempt, which took place over a lake at Lagoona Park in Reading, Browning – a former royal marine reservist and founder of technology firm Gravity Industries – achieved a speed of 32.02mph (51.53km/h).
The record was verified by adjudicator Pravin Patel who made sure that the speed was measured accurately over a minimum distance of 100m.
As previously reported by The Engineer the so-called Daedulus suit is made up of four miniaturised arm-mounted gas turbine engines and two hip-mounted versions each providing 22kg of thrust and providing enough lift to enable the wearer to fly.
Controlled by the pilot’s body movement, the suit is Wi-Fi enabled and includes a Heads-Up Display that can highlight key safety and performance indicators, including fuel levels and engine operation. It also allows live data streaming from the suit for both ground monitoring and the HUD system.
Following his achievement Browning said that he plans to improve the suit’s performance and efficiency by adding wings.
Browning’s record attempt took place in celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2017 (Thursday 9 November).