Superhero Science: Iron Man

Superhero Science: Iron Man

I am Iron Man!

Tony Stark is an engineering superhero! Although Tony Stark doesn't have any super powers, he is an incredibly good engineer.

Iron Man is Tony Stark's creation. It's a special suit that gives Stark superhuman strength, the ability to fly and powerful weapons. But could an Iron Man suit ever be possible in real life?

Super strong suit

Iron Man's suit isn't really made out of iron. That would be too heavy. Instead it is made out of a fictional material that is very light and very strong. Scientists haven't worked out how to make anything like it yet.

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An Iron Man suit could maybe be made out of a type of titanium, which is very strong. Or scientists could use graphene, one of the strongest materials ever tested. It conducts electricity too.

Scientists haven't developed an Iron Man suit yet, but they're on their way! Military scientists have created exoskeleton suits which can help soldiers run faster. Soldiers can carry up to 90 kilograms of extra weight using the exoskeleton - that's heavier than most adults.

Flying suit

People have tried to fly like Iron Man, but we haven't got there yet. An adventurer called Yves Rossy wears a jet pack to fly.

But, we can't fly exactly like Iron Man yet. How does Iron Man manage to fly so high and for so long? How does he power his suit? Scientists haven't developed a technology like it yet.

Brain-computer suit

Although we've got some of the elements to make our own Iron Man suits, it will be a long way before we put everything together.

Professor Zehr, a neuroscientist, thinks that we won't be able to build an effective Iron Man which we simply wear.

Scientists have already made computer mice and wheelchairs that we can control with our thoughts alone.

To make a quick and responsive Iron Man we'll need to do something similar. We'll need to make an Iron Man that we control with our brain. Will it ever be possible?

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Will scientists create an Iron Man suit that we control with our brain?