Military Review

HULC exoskeleton ready for final field trial.

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HULC (Human Universal Load Carrier) allows soldiers to carry weight up to 200 pounds (91 kg)
with minimal effort, and is designed to reduce the strain transfer of heavy equipment.



It works by transferring the load to the ground through the titanium legs of the exoskeleton and
uses the onboard computer to feel and simulate the movements of the user.



A battery-powered device that can fit different body sizes also allows you to jump, crouch, crawl, and run slowly.

HULC exoskeleton ready for final field trial.


“It doesn’t interfere with your range of motion at all,” says the HULC project manager
Jim Nee.



"the exoskeleton allows you to transfer this weight to the same distance and you still have strength
to fulfill the mission when you get there. "



Although HULC weighs 53 pounds (24 kg), its manufacturers say it also transmits
its weight on the ground, which makes it almost imperceptible.

Lockheed Martin, who makes the device, redid the earlier prototype and
produced a new “wear-resistant design,” which will launch the 8 weekly lab test at the end of the 2010 year.

The test will look at how quickly people learn to control the system and measure the energy that a soldier uses using HULC.

“Tests will help us assess the current state of technology,” said David Ode, from the US Army Natick Soldier Research Center.

"exoskeletons have the potential to reduce the strain on the body from heavy
loads. "

After laboratory tests, HULC can undergo more field tests in "real
life of the military scenario during the 2011 year.

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  1. Bururuz
    Bururuz 24 June 2011 19: 31
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    The battery will run out quickly
  2. DAGESTAN333
    DAGESTAN333 24 June 2011 19: 48
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    How are we far from full-fledged combat exoskeletons, with armor, with a serious battery life.
  3. frame5
    frame5 24 June 2011 20: 40
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    Apparently they managed to greatly reduce energy consumption, once the program is alive and being developed. Brought to mind, such exoskeletons will radically increase the survivability, mobility and armament of the infantry. Everything rests on two factors: nutrition and servos (polymer muscles).
  4. dred
    dred 30 November 2011 13: 23
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    I wonder how this gnoskeleton will behave in a real war.