Hovering in the air to the amazement of onlookers, British inventor Richard Browning proves jet packs are no mere sci-fi flight of fancy.
The City trader and engineer, 38, built the £40,000 ultra-lightweight exoskeleton – inspired by the Marvel comic book superhero Iron Man – in his spare time.
Yesterday, he demonstrated the Iron Man-style suit to a stunned crowd at the TED Conference currently being held in Canada. Pointing down creates what Mr Browning calls a ‘teepee of thrust vectors’.
He went airborne on the shores of Vancouver Harbour to demonstrate his flight suit at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference which is currently being staged in the Canadian city.
His performance captivated attendees at the conference, organised by a media group dedicated to sharing 'ideas worth spreading'. The Royal Marines reservist, from Wiltshire, said he had long been fascinated by the possibilities of human flight propulsion and had been working on his flight suit for almost three years.
Many compared the 38-year-old to Tony Stark's character in Iron Man.
The personal flight suit is capable of propelling its users even higher and at greater speeds, according to its creator, flying at several hundred miles per hour, and reaching thousands of feet above the ground.
'The hypothesis was that the human mind and body, if properly augmented, could achieve some pretty cool stuff,' the extreme athlete and engineer said at the gathering.
Mr Browning spoke about his early experiments with various numbers and arrays of essentially miniature jet engines on his limbs. And along the way there were more than a few crashes to the ground.
'The whole journey was about trying and failing, and learning from that,' he said.
The first reasonably stable, six-second flight with the gear inspired his team to press on.
Video shows GoPro helmet cam footage from US Marines using softair guns including the M134 Minigun during a close quarter airsoft battle for fun and training purposes. Quite interesting to see Marines having an softair airsoft match. This video is for everyone who ever asked himself how would real soldiers or marines playing an airsoft game.
This is the heartwarming moment a brave motorcyclist rescued a kitten who used up all its nine lives on the middle of a highway. Footage shows the man putting his own life on the line by walking into peak-hour traffic to bundle up the cat on the Lion Rock Tunnel Road in Hong Kong. The man, named Kwok Kin Wai, shot to social media stardom after going above and beyond the call of duty by then finding the kitten a new home. Mr Kwok, a firefighter, said in a Facebook post he felt obliged to rescue the death-defying cat after it caught his eye on the packed highway. 'I said to myself that I could get hit by a car and killed if I went back to get it. But as I kept driving, I couldn't bear to be so heartless, so I stopped. If I hadn't, I'm pretty sure it would have been hit by a car.' He used the traction of the post to seek a home for the ginger cat, and within one hour a new owner was found.
POV GoPro helmet cam footage shows a day on the deck of a mighty US Aircraft Carrier during daily military operations at sea and gives a good look on what it is like to be operating on a aircraft carrier.
Video shows close urban air support for US Marines conducted by Marine UH-1 Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters using their miniguns and rockets at day and night time during United States Marines training.
A stunning ‘FlightLapse’ reveals the night sky from a pilot’s perspective. While traveling from Europe to South America, Sales Wick shot the mesmerising flight – highlighting glowing cities and the glittering Milky Way. The 5,000 mile (8,000km) journey was shot using a Sony a7S camera from the cockpit of an Airbus A340 passenger flying at 500mph (800kph). The project, called 'Beyond the Clouds', is a timelapse of a flight that left Zurich, Switzerland at 9:50PM BST (4:50PM ET) and arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil 4:35AM BST (11:35PM ET). ‘Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a long haul pilot,’ Mr Wick wrote on his website. ‘The latter is the case for my flight today across the Atlantic Ocean to South America. Our flight is packed and some 340 passengers are settling in for a long night flight.’ The plane first headed westbound along ‘the clearly visible Alps’ that sat at the left of the plane.
She was on the edge of her balcony, thinking of killing herself when this firefighter saved her life.
A Good Samaritan jumped into icy waters to save a drowning stray dog and was hoisted out of the water and up a wall with it in his lap. The rescue took place in the city of Voronezh in south-western Russia's Voronezh Oblast region.
Ben Ketola sets a new world record with a perfect 300 point game, 12 strikes in 86.9 seconds!
Google co-founder Larry Page's mysterious flying cars will be available to buy by the end of this year. The billionaire's company Kitty Hawk has officially launched after months of rumours and speculation. Kitty Hawk president Sebastian Thrun, who co-created Google's self-driving car, tweeted a link to the company's official website today.
Four RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet set off for Eastern Europe today as tensions with Russia mounted. Theresa May sanctioned the sending of British RAF resources to patrol the skies over the Black Sea alongside local jets to reassure Eastern European countries in the face of increased aggression from Vladimir Putin. The four Typhoons, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron will lead the deployment, which is part of the Nato southern air policing mission. Pilots are using the new £250,000 Striker II helmet, which boasts in-built digital night vision that identifies enemy targets by red and yellow colour codes. The state-of-the-art head gear allows pilots to tell friend and foe apart in an instant while travelling at supersonic speeds in the dark or bad weather. The cutting-edge helmets are being used by Typhoon pilots who set off from RAF Coninsby, Lincolnshire, today to bolster air support in Romania. The planes - which can fly at almost twice the speed of sound - will spent up to four months based at Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase in south east Romania. Last year BAE signed a deal worth £2.1billion over ten years to support the RAF's Typhoon fleet. Chris Colston, who developed the Striker II helmets, said: 'For the pilot it's like going from your old analogue TV to HD. 'Before, everything was displayed in monochrome green. Now we can mark ground and air targets by colour - making them easier to identify at speed. 'The symbols jump out in daylight and at night-time over the green. 'All the info the pilot needs is displayed in this helmet but you can also see through the display to the outside world. And we have packed all that into a helmet that can protect you if you eject.' An RAF spokesman said: 'Since the helmets were unveiled they have become a part of the normal equipment used in our aircraft.' The Black Sea has been the scene of increasing tensions between Russia and the West this year. In March, Russia fired missiles as part of a war game that followed a similar exercise by NATO the week before. And on February 10, the USS Porter was buzzed by four Russian planes in an incident condemned as 'unsafe and unprofessional' by the American Navy. The incident came months after Moscow vowed to take 'retaliatory measures' against the US for what it viewed as an encroachment on its sphere of influence. The USS Porter entered the Black Sea last June as part of an increase in NATO activity in Eastern Europe, according to USA Today. Russia has a large naval base in the Black Sea and has in the past warned the US and its allies of activity there. 'From time to time, US vessels enter the Black Sea. Obviously, we do not appreciate it and, undoubtedly, this will lead to retaliatory measures,' a Russian Foreign Ministry official told Sputnik. Tensions between the US and Russia have grown in recent years as Moscow has aggressively deployed military might in Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria.
China's navy is celebrating its 68th anniversary on Sunday. According to PLA Daily, the navy’s achievements include escorting ships at sea, building an aircraft battle group, and conducting joint military exercises. This video provides a close-up view of a PLA Marine Corps’ amphibious assault drill.
An heroic sailor risked his life diving off the side of a cargo ship to save a whale that had got stuck in a fishing net. The crew of the Cheikh El Mokrani tanker spotted the large mammal writhing around in the water, desperately trying to get free. Then, after just a moment's consideration, one crew member hurled himself off the 40-foot-high deck and into the freezing sea below. He then swims towards the huge animal and pushes its nose away from the net. Another crew member then joins him and together they manage to get the sea creature free - which was met by huge cheers. It's not entirely clear where the boat was at the time of the rescue, but its last reported position was marked on April 18, just off the coast of Tunisia. Reacting to the rescue on April 19, YouTube users praised the bravery of the sailors. Tom Scott wrote: "The feat was and is amazing to watch, it's good to see people who care and is willing to risk life and limb to save our planet." And John S wrote: "Fantastic humanitarian act of kindness, I applaud them."
Video of Marines with GoPro Helmet Cam shows footage of US Marines in action with various weapons during combat training.
A £350million superyacht owned by billionaire Arsenal investor Alisher Usmanov has been spotted sailing off the coast of Monaco. The 512-foot-long Dilbar was seen approaching the French coast earlier today. Usmanov, who is worth more than £10 billion, is one of the most wealthy people in Russia. However, despite his wealth, he has been frozen out at board level at Arsenal by the club's majority shareholder 'Silent' Stan Kroenke.
A spectator films a military vessel passing through.
Researchers used a drone to capture rare aerial images of blue whale's feeding. Blue whales, the largest creature on Earth, get their energy by consuming krill - some of the smallest animals on Earth. With the drone, the researchers were able to gain an aerial perspective of a blue whale on its side, lunging to eat a large plume of krill in one big bite. Dr Leigh Torres, Assistant Professor at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, said that the behavior 'is something we often see from the boat, and we see splashing and we can tell the animal turns on its side but - but with the drone we were able to get this remarkable new perspective'. In the video taken in New Zealand, the whale sees that there is a large krill patch in the water. It turns on its side and pumps its flukes (tail fins), opens its mouth and lunges to eat the entire plume. Dr Torres said that animals have huge energetic demands because they are so big, and it requires energy from them to eat. Blue whales are a type of baleen whale - they have long plates of 'baleen' which hang in a row, like the teeth of a comb, from their upper jaws. Baleen plates act as a filter feeding system for baleen whales. 'Every time a blue whale opens its mouth, it's like putting on the brakes, it slows way down so these animals have to make decisions about what's worth opening their mouth for'. Before opening its mouth, the whale swims at a speed of 6.7 miles per hour (10.8 kilometers per hour), but after it opens its mouth, it slows down to a speed of 1.1 miles per hour (1.8 kilometers per hour). In one instance filmed by the drone, the whale looks at a path of krill, turns on its side as if it were about to feed on it, but then it decides the patch of krill isn't worth slowing down for, so it keeps swimming and moves past it. The reason why drone are so useful for this type of research is that the whales don't notice that the drone is above them. 'It's a great way to film their behavior without disturbing their behavior at all, unlike other aerial methods like a helicopter or a plane that can't hover or makes a lot of noise,' said Dr Torres. She said that these whales are living and feeding in an area where there's a lot of human activity. 'There's an oil and gas operation, there's a seabed mining permit application going on, there's a lot of vessel traffic - so amongst all of that activity, these animals need to be able to find their food and feed efficiently,' Dr Torres said. She said that the more we know about how the whales are finding their food and what makes food that's good for them, it'll help people manage their populations and make sure that human activities aren't having too much of an impact on them.
A dramatic video has been released of a speeding truck being ripped to pieces after crashing into a set of anti-terrorism bollards. The HT2-Matador 3 sliding bollards are made by British firm Heald in Hornsea. In the test video, a 7.2 tonne vehicle can be seen hurtling towards the movable barriers. Anti-terrorism bollard can stop a speeding truck in it's tracks Suddenly it crashes head on into the bollards causing massive damage to the front of the truck. In fact the whole front carriage of the vehicle flies off after the collision. The company behind the device has most recently installed the barriers outside a new £580 million cultural venue in Athens. Heald's managing director Debbie Heald said: 'We were proud to be chosen to assist in the security of this prestigious site,' according to the Hull Daily Mail. She added: 'Our offering of shallow and surface mount technology is unique, giving the customer ease of installation and peace of mind when it comes to security and product longevity.' The terrorist threat posed by large rampaging trucks and lorries has increased in recent years with devastating vehicle attacks in Nice, Stockholm and London. In March, 52-year-old Khalid Masood killed five people when he drove into crowds on Westminster Bridge then stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead himself.
Video technology and science converge on an active volcano in Vanuatu, where explorer Sam Cossman operated camera-mounted drones to capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater. Cossman and his team piloted the drones over the 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) caldera while confronting toxic gases and boiling lava. Although two drones succumbed to the harsh environment, the team was able to bring back video and photos that will help scientists learn more about the volcano and the life around it.
At the University of Manchester's High Voltage Laboratory, we see what happens when a DJI Phantom 3 drone gets hit with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV - basically, a lightning strike. Actually, two Phantom 3 drones. We had a backup.
Video of the new $13B US Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford as the worlds biggest and most expensive aircraft carrier begins with its first sea trials to test its capabilities.
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Video featuring several Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer during close formation flight over U.S. state of Georgia territory.
Took the Mavic Pro over to South Africa and what transpired was magnificent.
Canon will start shipping its $30,000 ISO 4.46 million camera this month for people who need to shoot in pitch black environments. A similar technology that’s making a splash these days is “color night vision.” A Las Vegas-based company called SPI has a color night vision sensor called the X27. The ultra-sensitive sensor is able to shoot both ordinary images during the day, as well as its color night vision images at night. Point it up at the sky, and you’ll be able to clearly see stars and constellations.
It's the view that only a privileged two people on a flight get to have. This fascinating footage - filmed from inside a passenger jet as it touches down just before sunset - demonstrates exactly what pilots see from the cockpit and just how skillful they have to be. As the pilot glides the £20m Boeing 767-300 down to the runway at Manchester Airport, guided by the lightbars, which extend out from the end of the tarmac, there's a clear view of the roads and homes nearby.
Soldiers parachuted in from an RAF Hercules plane as part of a training operation to ensure British troops are ready to deploy at a moment´s notice. The three-week Exercise Joint Warrior involves 2,000 troops drawn from most parts of the Army and RAF, and some from the Royal Navy. Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Mann, commanding officer of Second Battalion the Parachute Regiment (2 Para), said it is the biggest training exercise of the year and is to ensure they are “not strangers when we meet for the first time”. The final training exercise, to attack an insurgent stronghold, involved around 700 troops flying from Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk to Stanta training ground near Thetford, Norfolk. A company of 180 jumped from an RAF Hercules in smaller groups, with the rest flown in by helicopter. Lt Col Mann said 2 Para spent the last 10 months training to become a high readiness battalion, and alternates with its sister battalion 3 Para. “Our training started as soon as we came off readiness last May and we always go back to basics,” he said. “We make sure that we’ve built the team from the bottom up and this effectively is testing the battalion working for the brigade at the highest level.”
Drag racing's emphasis on maximum acceleration and straight line speed above all else means the sport occasionally leads to some visually impressive crashes. The sheer amount of power being pushed through the back wheels of the vehicles—especially funny cars, which lack the manic downforce of Top Fuel dragsters—mean it's often easy for drag racing cars to pop wheelies that would make Vin Diesel's Charger jealous. And if a car's nose climbs too high and enough air pressure gathers beneath its undercarriage, the whole dragster can Case in point: The crash of driver Daniel Pharris's 4,000-horsepower twin-turbo Chevy Corvette funny car at this past weekend's Radial Revenge Tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For the first few seconds, everything seems to be going well; indeed, it's competitor Keith Haney in his Camaro in the other lane who seems to be struggling with his ride, fighting a wheelie for a brief moment. Then Pharris's Corvette pitches back, and...well, you can guess the rest. Thankfully, Pharris walked away from the crash in one piece. His Corvette, however, wasn't so lucky. "I did everything I could to catch it before it got out of hand but missed it," Pharris said, according to DragZine. "These things aren’t like driving Miss Daisy to the grocery store—more like riding a bull. You have to be prepared for anything with 4000-plus horsepower."