Editor's note: I have been interested in powered exoskeletons ever since reading Heinlein's Waldo and Starship Troopers, Haldeman's Forever War, Steakley's Armor, and many other excellent examples of science fiction exploring the ramifications of augmented man, especially military man. This is only the most recent announcement in a field that has sen constant development, but the maturity of the technology has reached a level where such systems are no longer the realm of science fiction. Other promising application areas include mobility for the infirm and elderly as well as strength augmentation for indutrial workers.

Lockheed Martin debuted an advanced robotic exoskeleton designed to augment Soldiers’ strength and endurance and prevent their premature fatigue. The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) exoskeleton, introduced at the Association of the United States’ Army Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will meet future mobility and sustainment needs of Warfighters by providing strength and survivability. Under an exclusive licensing agreement with Berkeley BionicsTM, a world leader in exoskeleton technologies, Lockheed Martin will advance the development of the HULC design to provide Soldiers a powerful advantage in ground operations. CLICK HERE for the rest of the article.

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