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Best connectors for Iron Man flying suit

David Pike

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I’ve been working on a suit for manned flight (you might have already heard about it) that uses six turbo engines instead of a traditional jetpack…

Wondering what your thoughts are on the best connectors? For background, we dabbled with screw-coupling DIN connectors which, while ok from an electrical point of view, are quite large and heavy. The screw-coupling design can’t be described as ‘quick release’ either and they’re of a standard commercial grade that isn’t designed for repeated mating/un-mating cycles.

I looked at the B series from LEMO as it's slim, long-lived, robust and quick release. Just one setback, the shell is manufactured from chrome-plated brass, which is not light. LEMO’s F-series is designed for the kind of weight-critical, demanding applications you'd find in racing cars or aviation. They use the same small screw-machined contacts as the B series and features an aluminium alloy shell that’s slim and short, keeping weight to a minimum.

What’s everyone’s thoughts? Would you have used the LEMO F-series connector? Any others that we could have tried?

I’d also be keen to know whether anyone has ever tried a jet pack project before, so we can all share our experiences!
 

Harald Kapp

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Wecome to EP, David.
I saw the video just the other day. A cool thing although it looks a bit wobbly and definitely dangerous.

I'd have a look at automotive connectors or even aviation connectors. These are designed to withstand mechanical stress.
The LEMO F series was designed for use in car racing and should be perfect (apart from the price tag :D ).
The Lemo B series shows no such dedicated use profile.

My personal favorite from this selection is the F series.
 

Audioguru

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The inventor has such a strong accent that I could not understand what he was saying. I dream about flying like that without the jet packs.
 
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