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This Jetpack Will Make You Run a 4-Minute Mile

September 16, 2014

Arizona State University developed jetpack speeds you up while making running easier

By Will Dietrich-Egensteiner, Outside Magazine

Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a jetpack that they hope will help people reach the four-minute Mile mark.

Developed with the help of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and dubbed the 4MM (for four-minute Mile), the jetpack was designed for soldiers in the field who need to get in and out of situations quickly. Thomas Sugar, professor at the university’s Human Machine Integration Laboratory, and his team were originally developing robotic systems that could assist amputees when DARPA asked if they could put something together that would allow able-bodied people to run faster. Jason Kerestes, an engineering graduate student at ASU, was brought onto the project because he also owned a welding business. His work gave birth to the 4MM.

“Our overall goal is to get any soldier or any test subject at the time to be able to run a four-minute Mile,” Kerestes said in a promotional video about the project. “These devices can really help soldiers to not only accomplish their goals and succeed in their missions, but potentially save human lives as well.”

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