Pentagon’s Experimental ’4 Minute Mile’ Jetpack

My friend Frank sent me an article, back in September, about an experimental jetpack being created to enable soldiers to run faster. When he told me about it, he said, “It looks like someone’s been reading your novel, Speedsuit Powers.” You can read the article here:

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Now, I don’t know if someone at DARPA or at Arizona State University has actually read my novel. However, considering that my protagonist, Curtis Powers creates a jet-powered suit that enables him to run at incredible speeds, it’s not a stretch that perhaps someone has read the novel or watched my independent film adaptation, Speedsuit (or at least heard of them).

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If you didn’t already know: Speedsuit Powers is a trilogy. And if everything goes according to plan, the second book will launch in February 2015. Interestingly, in Book 2, one of the issues that is raised is whether Curtis’ inventions should be used for military use. (Book 2 will also address issues like: school bullying, fatherlessness, and decision making.)

Anyway, it will be interesting to see what kind of ‘running jetpack’ Arizona State U and DARPA can develop. Their current design looks promising. However, based on the research I did to design the suit for my character, I think my concept would be more efficient. Guess, I’m going to have to build a working model in 2015. And who knows… maybe ASU or DARPA will call me as a consultant.

Get Ready for the Launch!  #SP2ComingSoon

-Allen Paul Weaver III-

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