Brooklyn defense contractor Atair Aerospace has two of its futuristic (and working) designs on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of a superhero exhibit that’ll be running until September 1st of this year.
“The Met exhibit includes Atair’s EXO-Wing™, the world’s smallest human-piloted jet airplane. Exoskeletons for increasing human capabilities were once the subject of fictional comic book writers; now it has become real technology to enable human flight. This futuristic aircraft is constructed from advanced aerospace composite materials. The twin micro-turbine-powered EXO-Wing™ is so small and lightweight that a human wears it like a backpack.
The Met is also displaying Atair’s AeroSuit™, an engineered bat-like flexible wing suit constructed with advanced composite textiles. This high-technology garment allows a skydiver to glide to a target miles away from the drop point. The arms and legs of this garment include inflating webbed panels that form the elements of a wing which dramatically improves the aerodynamics of a skydiver, providing a safe and extraordinary flight experience. Both innovations are made from a new generation of composite textiles pioneered by Atair which are engineered to perform under extreme conditions.”
Cool, hey? Atair also has a bunch of other cool stuff like the Onyx precision-guided parachute system, the Long Endurance Autonomous Powered Paraglider (LEAPP) UAV, the Circinus GPS-Integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the Heli-Chute, and 3DZ Composite Parachute Technology.