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DARPA funds '4 minute mile' jetpack

September 15, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments



The jetpack can enable a soldier to run faster and longer. Image Credit: Vimeo / ASU
Scientists have come up with a jetpack that can help soldiers to run faster on the battlefield.
A jetpack capable of enabling its wearer to fly has been a popular science fiction staple since as early as the 1920s. Real-life jetpacks would eventually turn up in the 1960s however the technology has generally enjoyed only limited use.

Fast forward to the present and defense giant DARPA has been funding a rather unique new type of jetpack that, rather than enabling flight, can instead propel someone along the ground.
Nicknamed '4MM' ( four minute mile ), the new jetpack was developed to give soldiers an additional edge on the battlefield by enabling them to run at superhuman speeds even while encumbered by large amounts of heavy equipment.

An explanation and demonstration of the technology can be viewed below.



Source: Engadget | Comments (17)


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Comment icon #8 Posted by George Ford 8 years ago
I can see each person of a squad wearing one. Yet the squad still can't move forward quickly. If they did they would be shedding (abandoning) a guy every 100 feet as the packs stop working for this or that reason. "Hold it guys my battery's dead. Now my strap has gone through the goferpack's fan blades. The fan blade cluster just flew off" (since it wasn't balanced any more.) The goferpack might be good for a sniper team's deployment or a single-person-task, e.g. getting your officer a quick cuppa. If your rifle jams, it doesn't stop the rest of your squad's weapons from working. But all the g... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by u2canbfmj 8 years ago
we'll at least when the pentagon gets audited this time, they will know the wasted money went to ASU for passing wind assisted running
Comment icon #10 Posted by Taun 8 years ago
Another thing about these that I don't particularly like, is that this is designed to make a soldier run faster so that he is harder to hit... Sounds good... But the closer you get to the enemy, the less effective these would be... Because - outside of movies - you don't run up to the enemy, get in among them and start kung-fuing them or shooting them at point blank range... You and your fire team rush up a dozen yards or so, plop down and begin firing so that the other fire team can advance... The momentum you carry forward from this thing is going to cause considerable pain and even injury t... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by regeneratia 8 years ago
DARPA does a lot of stuff: http://search.eurekalert.org/e3/query.html?qt=DARPA&x=0&y=0
Comment icon #12 Posted by regeneratia 8 years ago
Another thing about these that I don't particularly like, is that this is designed to make a soldier run faster so that he is harder to hit... Sounds good... But the closer you get to the enemy, the less effective these would be... Because - outside of movies - you don't run up to the enemy, get in among them and start kung-fuing them or shooting them at point blank range... You and your fire team rush up a dozen yards or so, plop down and begin firing so that the other fire team can advance... The momentum you carry forward from this thing is going to cause considerable pain and even injury t... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by regeneratia 8 years ago
Tkae the first link I posted and put it all together. Just now, I am listening to Timothy Alberino, who was saying last night, what I am trying to put together for you now. https://www.youtube....gp1Lk7K4rn6dtDA http://www.eurekaler...l-dsl070814.php DARPA selects Lawrence Livermore to develop world's first neural device to restore memory Just browse the research from this site and add it together: http://www.eurekaler...l-dsl070814.php This accumulation of DARPA research is neither moral, upright nor honest.
Comment icon #14 Posted by MyOtherAccount 8 years ago
http://www.eurekaler...l-dsl070814.php DARPA selects Lawrence Livermore to develop world's first neural device to restore memory This accumulation of DARPA research is neither moral, upright nor honest. I have had TBI ever since 1966 and, sorry, but I am very encouraged by the above research and development plans. I had it before they knew what to call it. After they finish with that project, they can start in on assisting the speech center the brain damage that causes the ADA-like symptoms the accompanying sleep disorders the various types of aphasias (can't think of or perhaps pronounce the ... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by regeneratia 8 years ago
I have had TBI ever since 1966 and, sorry, but I am very encouraged by the above research and development plans. I had it before they knew what to call it. After they finish with that project, they can start in on assisting the speech center the brain damage that causes the ADA-like symptoms the accompanying sleep disorders the various types of aphasias (can't think of or perhaps pronounce the word I need) the executive functions in the frontal lobe the ruptured cochlear (damaged inner ear and messed up balance) the olfactory bulb (sense of smell) the truncal ataxia (messed up cerebelum causin... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by 6.6.6 8 years ago
This is completely ridiculous! Being able to run a 4 minute mile in a war zone?? Seriously?? Money should be spent on keeping personnel out of war zones not making them run faster through them! How about we give our troops the best protection from explosions or bullets, no jet pack in the world can out run a .50 caliber or shrapnel from an IED, so how's about stop wasting time and money on crazy Tony Stark inventions and give military personnel some real protection from the dangers they face!
Comment icon #17 Posted by trancelikestate 8 years ago
I honestly didnt watch the whole video so sorry if I missed something important but I did catch the guy at the end saying the runner was 3 seconds faster with the "jet pack" on. Hardly seems like 3 seconds is worth whatever these would cost...


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