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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 9 years 1 month ago #391711

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Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Orlando Missiles & Fire Control operation has thrown its high-tech hat into the race to build the military's first "Iron Man" robotic battlefield uniform. That effort received a big boost this week when an Army research unit awarded Lockheed Missiles a contract for $1.1 million to develop, test and evaluate next-generation "wearable robotics" for Soldiers. While it is a long way from the futuristic Iron Man character of Marvel comics and film, Lockheed's early version of the technology has clearly caught the Army's attention. Using mechanical hydraulics, computer electronics and other systems, the battery-powered "exoskeleton" is designed to help Soldiers carry potentially hundreds of pounds of weapons, equipment and other gear in combat as if it were just a fraction of its actual weight. In addition to added strength, the system could also reduce the fatigue of the battlefield and increase a Soldier's survivability, Army officials said. They hope the system could eventually aid Soldiers in the mountains of Afghanistan and other tough terrain, though it is unclear when it will be ready to deploy. A series of technical and performance field tests are scheduled as part of the program. "The tests performed on Lockheed Martin's system will help us assess the current state of the technology," said David Audet, spokesman for the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. "Exoskeletons have the potential to reduce stress on the body from heavy loads." Lockheed officials said its work on the wearable robotics is a long-term project that has been under way for nearly a decade. "We recognize the importance of perfecting the exoskeleton technology to redefine what is possible for our Soldiers," Rich Russell, Lockheed Missiles' advanced programs director, said in a written statement. Lockheed said it has developed the technology in collaboration with California-based Berkeley Bionics, which issued Lockheed a long-term licensing agreement for the core systems. The Lockheed-Berkeley team is one of a number of rivals in the emerging robotics field. The Raytheon Sarcos team -- a subsidiary of defense giant Raytheon Co. -- also has a contract with the Army to develop the exoskeleton system, Raytheon spokesman Mike Nason said Thursday. "It is not uncommon that the government will ask a couple of companies to develop the same thing in hopes of getting the best system," Nason said. When the first Iron Man film was released last year, Raytheon was besieged by media interest in the exoskeleton technology, he said. "Overall, robotics is a huge technology of the future for the military," he said. "If you can save the life of a Soldier by using a robotic system instead, then of course we're all interested in that."
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 9 years 1 month ago #391714

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I already had a metal suit with hydrolics and hundreds of pounds of weaponry: It was a loose fit though. :)I kind of wonder if making a battle suit would be a better idea than trying to make body armor lighter. I guess there would be a use for both technologies.
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 9 years 1 month ago #391715

Most testers usually fucking HATE the full body suit concept.
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 9 years 1 month ago #391768

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More info.
HULC is an un-tethered, battery powered, hydraulic-actuated anthropomorphic exoskeleton capable of performing deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion. Photo: Lockheed MartinSeeking innovative solutions to lighten the load carried by dismounted warfighters, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center awarded US$1.1 million for the testing and evaluation of Lockheed Martin HULC advanced robotic exoskeleton, designed to augment Soldiers’ strength and endurance, as well as reduce load carriage injuries. Dismounted Soldiers often carry heavy combat loads that increase stress on the body, leading to injuries and exhaustion. [youtube]y1CeBOWm67A[/youtube]ULC is designed to transfer the weight from heavy loads to the ground through the robotic legs of the lower-body exoskeleton, taking the weight off of the operator. An advanced onboard micro-computer ensures the exoskeleton moves in concert with the operator. HULC is an un-tethered, battery powered, hydraulic-actuated anthropomorphic exoskeleton capable of performing deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion.
Beyond assisting the dismounted warfighter carrying combat loads, HULC exoskeleton can be useful for assisting support personnel tasked with repeated lifting of heavy loads. Photo: Lockheed MartinUnder this contract the U.S. Army will test an upgraded HULC system, that includes optimized control software, extended battery life and human factors improvements for quicker and easier sizing to each user. The contract includes options for field trials to test the system’s utility in operational environments. According to David Audet, leader of the Soldier Mobility and Mission Enhancement Team at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts, the test will assess the contribution of Exoskeletons which have the potential to reduce stress on the body from heavy loads.Researchers at Natick will evaluate how the HULC affects Soldiers’ performance through biomechanical testing, measuring the energy expended by a Soldier when using the HULC. Lab testing will also assess how quickly soldiers learn and adapt to the system, carrying different loads and moving at various speeds. The exoskeleton test will help “redefine what is possible for our Soldiers… HULC will meet Warfighters’ future mobility and sustainment needs” determined Rich Russell, director of Advanced Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Lockheed Martin is also exploring exoskeleton designs beyond military uses, among them supporting industrial and medical applications.
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 9 years 3 weeks ago #391963

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LM MFC's HULC site for even more information.
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 9 years 3 weeks ago #391965

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JoEDigiTECH;391714 wrote:
I already had a metal suit with hydrolics and hundreds of pounds of weaponry: It was a loose fit though. :)I kind of wonder if making a battle suit would be a better idea than trying to make body armor lighter. I guess there would be a use for both technologies.
Heh, me too, only mine was a bit more up close and personal.......instead of in the rear withe the gear. :grin:Suits like this have been talked about for the military since before I was in. It usually ends up being too expensive or there is some major fault with the system or both.
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I'm guessing a real-life Master Chief suit is only a few years away?MSNBC.com
Second-generation exoskeleton robotic suit developed for the military was unveiled on MondayA new second-generation exoskeleton robotic suit developed for the military – and deemed the closest thing to a real-life Iron Man costume – was unveiled on Monday during a demonstration with Paramount Home Entertainment.The new robotic suit called Exoskeleton (XOS 2) – released by Raytheon Company – is lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power. Its enhanced design also means that it is more resistant to the environment.Raytheon is developing the robotic suit to help with the many logistics challenges faced by the military both in and out of battle. Repetitive heavy lifting can lead to injuries, orthopedic injuries in particular.Instead, the XOS 2 does the lifting for its operator, reducing both strain and exertion. It also does the work faster. One operator in an exoskeleton suit can do the work of two to three soldiers. Deploying exoskeletons would allow military personnel to be reassigned to more strategic tasks.
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 8 years 10 months ago #392745

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Now we just need genetically enhance soldiers.
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Army Eyes ‘Iron Man’ Wearable Robotics 8 years 10 months ago #392916

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I think it's a bad idea. Very cool, but bad. Mainly because it's going to make us too tech dependent. And there is already a problem with physical fitness in the armed forces. This is just going to worsen it in some way. But I could be wrong. Oh, and Lord Moon, mad respect for tankers.
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Lord Moon;391965 wrote:
Heh, me too, only mine was a bit more up close and personal.......instead of in the rear withe the gear. :grin:Suits like this have been talked about for the military since before I was in. It usually ends up being too expensive or there is some major fault with the system or both.
Pfft! Anyone can hit a target they can see. :)
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