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Jetpack to Increase Speed & Agility: Slightly Advanced Warfare

by Lambert Varias
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Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is known around the world as Jetman because he made – and flies with – his own jet-propelled wing. Arizona State University (ASU) student Jason Kerestes also made a jetpack, but it’s not strong enough to make a man fly, nor was it meant to. It’s designed only to help its wearer move faster on foot.

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Working with his mentor and DARPA, Jason’s started Project 4 Minute Mile (4MM) to “create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility.” Although his current prototype can’t live up to the project’s title yet, it was able to help a test subject run a mile 18 seconds faster than normal. The net effect is even more significant if you consider that the jetpack adds an 11.2lb. load to the wearer.

I’d like to see Usain Bolt run with the jetpack.

[via Arizona State University via Digg]

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Comments (3):

  1. Brendan dionne says:

    Think about changing the location of the propellants or use helium to reduce the weight and try making it more compact

  2. rodolfo guzman says:

    Not only that but if they can control the speed of each jet with a different lever and let the runner have those handheld it would make for easier turns.

  3. Matt says:

    If there was like a temporary boost option that would give you some extra thrust for jumping over fences, logs crevasses etc. that would be neat.

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