If you have ever dreamt about how cool it would be getting your hands on Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit, then you are probably dying to know about all the cool gadgets and technologies on it.
Don’t worry, with a little research and a fresh Engineering background, I have put together my best assumptions and analysis of all Iron Man’s gadgets, techs and how real or closely resembled they are by today’s technology.
Of course, you can’t have the suit without armor, and so let’s start off with Iron Man’s armor. In the movie, Tony Stark tells us that the armor is made from “Gold-Titanium Alloy”, and we have witness it to withstand not only bullets, but tank shells and high speed collisions with an F-22 Raptor. Unfortunately, unless our government is up to something sneaky, such high strength alloy is not possible (I have not heard of this alloy either, though I am not going to doubt its existence). Although Metallic Alloy is very strong, any metallic plating less than one inch thick is not going to stop a tank shell, Sabot or Armor piercing round, and especially not the depleted Uranium types most modern day tanks use… let alone a super sonic collision. If this kind of technology becomes available, we should call our bullet proof vest missile proof vest instead.
The Iron Man suit itself, of all its various components, is surprisingly possible with today’s technology. As talked about in a previous blog posting about real life Iron Man, we have already begun to develop Exo-skeletons capable of giving us super human strengths! Our only limitation in a full suit is the miniaturization needed for all the hydraulic and magnetic components for movements- but that is the easy stuff once we get the electrical components to move as one with our body without any “lag”.
The Arc Reactor
How can you use the Iron Man suit without a power source? And that brings us to the Arc Reactor that Tony Stark uses to power the Iron Man suit. According to the movie (with unit conversion), the arc reactor used to power the very first bulky looking suit in the cave has as much power as 20,000 Toyota Camry’s- roughly four million horse power! It is simply unimaginable to have so much power in a jar the size of your fist… I wish it was possible. If it is- heck, forget the Iron Man suit, we would never have to pay for gas again.
Now the suit is all take care of, how do you plan on piloting it? Tony Stark has the help of JARVIS, but what about you? This aspect I believe is very attainable with modern day standards; with some help from a few smart computer techies you can run your own suit on Windows (although I don’t recommend that). JARVIS not only helps Tony to operate the suit, it also manages the Fire Control System (FCS) and helps it remain stable under high speed flight- both of which are already in use in our military today. Although Iron Man is not exactly aero dynamic, it will be highly unstable and not capable of handling super sonic flight, but if the F-22 can do it (highly complicated design of short wing span for stealth purposes, notorious for unstable handling at high speed beyond human capabilities) with an advance computer system, I am sure Iron Man can do it too.
The Repulsor Beam
Now I have never heard of anything close or resembling this “repulsor” technology, heck it’s not even a word, but from my best assumption base on this “word”, here are my thoughts. Since it’s called “repuslor”, then logically it works base on repulsion of some kind. And since it’s a beam, then it is not a rocket or any type of fuel based repulsion system. If I were to guess, then it would be that this technology focuses either light or particles in an ultra dense form on a spot and the energy from this high concentration of excited atoms are able to push or blast anything out of the way. Currently the only known repulsion of this form is using mirrors and foils… so you can form your conclusion on this one as whether or not it’s possible.
So far we’ve seen Iron Man use his flamethrower, anti personal guns on his shoulders, anti tank missiles on his arm and his repulsor beams. Now flamethrower is every little boy’s dream and have been in use since World War I, so that is definitely possible. The anti-personal gun looks to be rail guns of some sort where the projectile is shot out by a strong magnetic charge (think north pole pushing south pole magnets away, but in much larger magnitudes and instantaneous), that technology is already available and will be in our next generation of naval vessels to replace standard cannons. The missiles are also in use with our military, if you have ever seen shoulder mounted anti aircraft missiles aka STINGER, they are roughly about the same size though a bit longer but has a lot more range. So if you go with a lesser range missile, then you can probably cram them in your Iron Man armor as well.
Well that are all the Iron Man technologies and gadgets that comes to mind right now, hope that can satisfy your thirst for Iron Man information for a little bit. If you have any question or curious about something else, please let me know!
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