Iron Man Flight School (Part 1)


Before we get started. Does anyone want to get out? We’re here in Georgia, USA. At the Atlanta Motorsports Park. Hey guys, I’m The Hacksmith and today i’m learning how to fly like Iron Man. Richard Browning from Gravity Industries invited me out his jet suit and actually learn to fly. And I think, there he is right now. Richard: Hey good to see you. James: Can’t wait to try. Richard: That’s what this is all for. This is going to be a great step forward beyond Camarillo. Where you did a great job jumping around. This is going to be a huge help. You can learn in complete comfort. James: Alright. Richard: Let’s get to training. Richard: Okay so what I want to do now is show you the suit you are going to be wearing. And we’ve got it tucked away in here. James: Ohh the grand reveal. This is the new one? Richard: This is the entirely 3D printed one. Okay so here’s the harness.You put your arms through that. And then you actually clip the suit into the harness. We’ve got a fight book log book. Welcome to flight training. This is a way for you to log all of your activities. This is the comments where you actually fill out where you feel the most impact on your body. Where you fell the most impact from the suit. What’s going right, what’s going wrong. Good luck. James: Thank you. Chris: See you out there. Okay, so you’ve got the harness on. We’re now going to clip you into the suit. Get the shoulder ones in. In the early days I used to do all this myself at some of the events. It is quite nice to feel like to administer most of it yourself. Right, we’re pretty good to go. What we’re going to do is pre-set the power level on the suit. So when you pull the trigger in it gives you the maximum power that we have pre-set. The way we teach people is we give you a modest amount of power. Just to start to feel the throttle response You want to be able to feel that there is some thrust there. To start to feel the action and reaction and the balance. I fully anticipate you’ll be quite bored at that stage, like I want more power. Richard: seventy per cent power James: Of my weight. Richard: For what we think he needs to fly with. Rather than seventy per cent power of the suit. James: Alright, so i’m all suited up and i’m ready for my first test flight. On the tether system. I’m super excited, little bit nervous. My heart’s pounding a little bit. But i’m going to realize a dream today and that’s to fly like Iron Man. Richard: That was great. James: At first it was just like ah power. But then when I rolled and looked up it was just like, oh. Richard: You just put your weight over it. Riley: How you feeling? James: Pretty awesome. We’re going to turn up the power. get some more gas in the pack. I’m going to hover. Richard: Yeah that was lovely to see your face. We could all kind of see you just clicked with that. At the moment you are at an awesome trajectory.So let’s keep that going. He’s on about eighty per cent. Richard: Now I think, you’ve don a lot of back to back goes. You can come out of and take a little break. That’s looking really good. Just need a bit more power. To let him jump around without a tether. Which I’ve not really ever done hardly ever before with anybody. It was on very low power but still it’s enough to throw you on the floor and wreck our equipment. And possibly hurt him a little bit. But I had a belief in him that he knew what he was doing and he’s showing that that was a good hunch. So let’s see how he keeps going. It’s tiring. I’ve been with gravity for twenty-nine years and it’s really hard to just let go. Richard: You’re forward back thing is sorted. James: yeah it’s getting better. James: Alright, let review some of the footage. Richard: Reviewing this really helps Because you have’t seen this yet, right. Richard: Yeah your body position really good here. You’re not leaning too far back. You’re not too upright. You’re starting to feel that stability as the power comes in. Now you are drifting slightly back. That just simply because those arms need to move backwards a tiny bit. James: See there is, I probably could have seen the ground beyond and been like, ahhh. Richard: It’s really good though. I think there is something about trusting that tether. But that’s still awesome progress. There’s so many things that usually at this stage people are doing like rotating. Swinging all over the place. James: yeah, yesterday I noticed people by like; okay full power. Richard: You’ve just by passed all of that. Write some comments to yourself because it actually means that you can look back And see that you were struggling with at different stages and see how you’ve overcome that. Alright so I feel like part of my mental block is i’m not, Mentally trusting the tether system. So i’m going to get Marshall to pull me up a bit and i’m actually going to practice hanging. And realize, oh yeah i’m not going to fall. After seeing the crash footage that Richard showed me yesterday of falling off platforms. I’m just like, I don’t want to do that. It’s there. James: Alright so i’m getting so close to that hover I don’t know my feel just don’t want to leave the ground. Richard: It’s probably better to show you rather than describe it. James: It’s like turning on no clip in video games. I didn’t really realize it but I’ve dreamed of being able to do this and now the technology exists. I can’t wait to fly. James: I was feeling a lot more fatigued there. Richard: I can see your arms getting tired. James: When I fall down I always bend my arms. Alex: I think you’re doing what I used to do where you’re letting go of the trigger and you think the thrust has basically dropped. So you let your arms relax a little bit and they just fight you. Alex: So at the moment it looks like your fighting it a little bit. It’s just a lot easier , you can hold this position for a lot longer than you can hold this. Alright that was way better. We dropped it back down to like sixty-five seventy per cent power. So I can get the feel for it again Because the very first time I tried back in California Without a tether system. I was able to hop no problem. I wasn’t scared of going forwards and back But now with the tether system at full power i’m like, oh no I might do that. So we dropped it back to the sixty-five per cent. Tried it. Felt good Eighty-seven per cent. Take two. James: I really think that tether was messing me up. Ian: The tether was definitely. James: The entire freaking time. James: So what we just did there was, we had the tether super loose but we back the power of the suit. Back down to sixty or seventy per cent. And it worked pretty good. We started at I think seventy per cent and then I did a few hops. It wasn’t to bad. And then we cranked to like eighty per cent. And then they got it all the way up to eighty-seven per cent. And at that point it was this close to lifting me off the ground but it was still kind of messing me up. Because it wasn’t enough power I had to try and jump. The problem is when you try and jump, your instinct is you’re falling. This next time. We’re going to crank it up to I think straight to ninety-seven, a hundred per cent. And we’re going to try it again but try basically just raising and lowering my arms. And hopefully just having my feet lift off.Come back down. And stay up. So hopefully that works. Dropped power. Seventy per cent. Eighty-seven per cent. Hops. Full power. James: Alright so i’m so close. I feel like I just need a little bit more power. Ian: No man, you’re taking forever. It’s my turn. Give me a hundred per cent throttle let’s go. James: Might be fun to watch I guess. Ian: Hundred per cent let’s go. Richard: We’ll go up there. I’ll hold the arms, just to give you a bit of a break. Over the top. Hold them about here. And then just play with that trigger. If you feel massively out of shape, let go of the trigger immediately. Richard: This is a cool process you can feel them all firing up. You’ve got a nice slow motion horizontal spin. How was that? Ian: It was good. James: I thought you were going to fly? I gotta say you did better than I thought you would. Ian: the ankles felt a bit warm. James: It’s kind of weird how i’m wearing your pants, you’re wearing Evan’s pants and Evan is wearing your pants. He ended up flying like a t-rex. Ian: To do it properly. You want to start out and then get the full throttle And then bring it down. But they’re pretty heavy. So getting it up there is hard. I’m a rock climber. So I train pulling I don’t train pushing. I never do this motion. By the end of it i couldn’t lift them. Riley: This is it your big moment. This is a hundred per cent power. You are going to fly. Riley: You can do it. Richard: So that last flight was awesome. You made such consistent progress throughout the day. James: I was so close. Richard: I think there’s a few things. One is with this belay system. I do think there’s probably more sponge in the rope. It’s not a complete climbing rope but it’s go a bit of that flexibility. So I think that that means my guys have got to keep you quite tight. And yet that’s pulling you slightly off balance. I think that makes the learning more difficult than it would otherwise be. But otherwise. I mean, your stability and control. You weren’t rotating significantly. You were drifting back a little bit. James: I’m not even sure if I spun out once. Richard: I think there is one other things as well around. Everybody that does this brings something new to the table. You’ve seen loads of people try buts of this now. Even after one or two goes you can see how they all bring a different style to it. There’s something about your tip toes wanting to stay firmly rooted to that stage. And you can see there’s a few occasions where you are just about to come off and they obviously were giving you some purchase. Because when that come away you then change orientation and your legs swing back. James: And then that messes up your whole body position. Richard: It might be because of the tether. But we might need to work on a way for you to feel comfortable leaning into it. And where you legs. like with my little demo. Where you legs just drift off effortlessly. What other flying device can you think of that you can learn to fly within. James: A few days. Richard: There was a noise limitation and I have to say we’ve now consumed our way through that. And yeah we’re kind of at the end of the tether in that sense. James: So no more flights. Richard: Not today unfortunately. Wherever we got to, you’re always going to want more. That’s for sure. James: So close. Richard: Camarillo was part one. This is part two. There’s going to have to be a part 3. James: Part three in London maybe. Richard: I would love have you back. Somewhere in London, at our training place or somewhere else where we are flying. James: A secret location in London. Richard: Yeah exactly Richard: It’s been a pleasure. You’ve done awesome and I look forward to the next time. Basically it’s a challenge medal James: That’s awesome. Richard: We had them done in 2017 and there’s only a limited run at these things. We’re never going to get them done again. Tome Cruise has got on. A whole bunch of crazy people around the world have got those things. James: The human propulsion company. Yeah I can almost fly. The truth is. I am Iron Man.


83 Responses

  1. waste of time

    July 18, 2019 10:14 pm

    Remember in iron man 2 Tony said this technology was ten years away? That movie did come out in 2010.

  2. Your friendly neighbor hood Spiderboi

    July 19, 2019 4:47 am

    If u could make jet powerful enough u could turn and 1: fly 2: blast things with air or fire or if tech evolves maybe even some sort of energy

  3. Crispynugget

    July 19, 2019 6:45 pm

    this was cool and all, but then the gravity dude started flying… and it got very unnerving… humans dont fly!!!1

  4. Jay Jager

    July 19, 2019 7:55 pm

    When people say the future is dark I say at least we have the potential to change it. And have some fun along the way.

  5. Carl Johnson

    July 25, 2019 9:52 pm

    I am the only Mexican here?, like if you are also Mexican and like if you are not Mexican

  6. Clasher 13

    July 27, 2019 7:58 pm

    One thing that should be a focus is to figure out how to decrease the weight of the suit.

  7. luke Lee

    July 27, 2019 10:36 pm

    If this dude shows the world his creation u would probabaly become the richest man alive he needs to invest in this so we can all use it

  8. Mouseman Animations

    July 29, 2019 5:28 am

    He have seen the future, I can see a normal little kid in a tiny one flying across town and his family in-front of him. Flying cars ptttf more like flying humans

  9. GTAfreak560

    July 31, 2019 8:36 pm

    You got the real helmet an can now fly all you need is the body we would love to see it all together

  10. alessandro santacroce

    August 3, 2019 2:30 pm

    I low key think it’s just a matter of time before we get actual superheroes and people going around with armored suits and Stupidly overpowered weapons.

  11. DK Derpie King

    August 6, 2019 11:08 am

    A random person: People can’t fly
    Gravity .Co and Hacks Smith: We’re going to spend this men’s career

  12. Ninja Taylor

    August 11, 2019 4:49 am

    Hey mr hack smith you think you could make the bow staff from teenage mutant ninja turtles the one that Michael bay produced

  13. Rafael Vargas

    August 13, 2019 3:14 am

    This is just the worst “iron man” flight suit there is, you need to study more and be a bit more creative I’m mainly upset he hasn’t figured out the arc reactor first he’s just jumping straight ahead same with the other guy on just thrust. You need Jarvis and if not jarvis you need the power source first. Oh well I kinda took a while so guess the real Iron man going i have to stand up. I’m just not sharing my suit on the internet, Everyone can relax though once I get the capital just had to fight my way out of my own cave.

  14. Kelwin Martins Figueiredo de Miranda

    August 14, 2019 9:41 pm

    you can put two rockets in each hand, why not put one in each hand and each foot ?

  15. Bloxy_Padma

    August 15, 2019 8:06 pm

    hacksmith industries? More like.. STARK INDUSTRIES
    since his literal father Created the prototype shield

  16. Blaž Bohinc

    August 20, 2019 6:43 pm

    Most of these guys don't have the sheer muscle to hold the thrusters in position. You can see them bending elbows and all sorts of shit. If you're too week you're too week. Get in shape

  17. c.elly.b

    August 31, 2019 3:42 pm

    Imagine if this guy helped the military with the electronic bullet proof suits project. He could save so many lives

  18. Sam's Performance

    September 1, 2019 2:29 am

    you guys don't understand the basics of aerodynamics, that's why it takes you so long to start doing it right way. it's not about the amount of power system has, but how clever you use it.

  19. Mark Finn

    September 20, 2019 4:10 pm

    I met jet pack man as a fitness trainer and one of the exercises inspired him to make the jet pack with its triangle of thrust

  20. Anubhav Srivastava

    September 28, 2019 3:24 am

    Sorry i am not an engineer but while your practice your arms were very broad. In iron man movie he kept his arms close to his vest. That supported him from falling


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