Contributory Info: Robotic Enhancements
In June of 2011, Lockheed Martin announced its robotic exoskeleton, HULC, is undergoing biomechanical testing by the U.S. Army at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts.
In a press release in Orlando, FL, the HULC was described as “an un-tethered, battery powered, hydraulic-actuated anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users the ability to carry loads up to 200 pounds for up to 20 kilometers on a single battery charge over all terrains. HULC’s design allows for deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion. An advanced onboard micro-computer ensures the exoskeleton moves in concert with the operator. HULC is an innovative solution that improves endurance and reduces the risk of injury to the soldier.
Also in the release was an introduction to the HULC’s developers;
“Lockheed Martin is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the warfighter, including wearable situational awareness, a broad range of mobility assistance systems and power management systems. Lockheed Martin is also exploring exoskeleton designs for industrial, medical and a wide variety of military mission specific applications.”