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Enhanced Running Using a Jet Pack

[+] Author Affiliations
Jason Kerestes, Thomas G. Sugar

Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ

Paper No. DETC2014-34426, pp. V05AT08A006; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5A: 38th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4636-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A Jet Pack was designed to augment the physical ability of a person running. The Jet Pack is a light weight back pack style device that produces a forward and upward thrust propelling the user forward. The external force is produced by two variable speed, electric ducted fans, which unlike other running assistive devices, allows for completely unrestricted movement as the device does not connect to the user’s joints or leg segments. The Jet Pack has shown successful running augmentation by significantly increasing a runner’s overall speed while decreasing their heart rate in 200 meter time trials as well as 1 mile time trials when comparing running with the device versus running with no device.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Weight (Mass) , Thrust , Fans



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