THE FUTURE SOLDIER. PREAMBLE
In ten years, the U.S. Army hopes to achieve a high-tech soldier, 20x superior in strength, survival and deadliness of its counterpart today.
Many technologies already exist and are being finalized; others are still at the draft stage. Future warrior-feats that in a few years will be available to ordinary soldiers are currently only dreamed of.
Developers of the concepts and technologies; the goal is not only to create a super soldier, but also the promotion of the project on the basis of whole branches of science and technology. Therefore, funding for research is not only from the Pentagon, but also from industry giants.
DuPont, who conduct research on the refraction of light involved in the creation of invisible armor. Simultaneously, the company EIC Laboratories fulfills competing technologies electro-chromic camouflage – fabric that would act like a chameleon, instantly changing color depending on the color of the surrounding countryside.
The Nanotechnology Institute of military technology is working on new materials that would, molecule by molecule, create themselves. And the use of nano-tubes would give them unprecedented strength.
A working prototype of an external skeleton and muscle that can already ‘feel’, the agency for developing this military technology (DARPA) is at UC Berkeley.
With the help of the mechanism, which gave the name BLEEX (Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton), or antiquated Berkeley exoskeleton to the extremities, ome can easily move around with a backpack on the shoulders at a weight of 28 kg. Enough to wear a special suit and boots join them together – and one can run and jump easily; fifty sensors monitor the position of the load and hydraulic drives, so not to lose balance.
Mounted in a suit are fabric detectors to determine entry into zone of contamination. Invisible to the naked eye molecular umbrellas open, tightly reseal micro-pores tissue and seal. However, even after the rush across the open space with 80 pound load behind, the breathing remains steady, the body dry. External skeleton costume of artificial bone and muscle, thus the soldier is stronger than any athlete, mounted on the rear of the helmet mask tube properly filled with clean air and climate system to maintain the desired temp.
To look around, a visor helmet-less transparent and referred to as a screen, a panorama, attached to the helmet are micro-chambers for side and rear view. Another key is to give the view of the landscape from above, obtained by satellite support. To send a global positioning system signal reflected glowing dots, indicating location in for example a forest.
Research is continuing to create camouflage ‘chameleon suit‘, planned to be completed in 5-10 years, the appearance of exoskeleton and smart clothes have to wait until the year 2020-2025 (MIT).
“We are currently developing new materials and coatings that help to hide the presence of a soldier – MIT says. – Research is being conducted in the field of active and passive camouflage, including temperature. As for the other science fiction ideas, we are working on, one of the most important – which is ‘all to all communication,’ in which every soldier has the ability to see all the others, and each piece of equipment (ground or air -driven crew or remotely). All of these are as ‘communication nodes ‘ one can transmit information, in the manner seen in the TV series, Star Trek.
At the first stage the U.S. Army leadership chose two competing research companies – Eagle Enterprise and Exponent – to create a basic concept. Each of them received $7.5 million for 8 months so to continue this work, and was chosen firm General Dynamics (Eagle Enterprise – its integral part), which won an order worth $100 million to complete the concept. Creating the entire system for 10 years is estimated at $ 1 to $ 3 billion.
US ARMY (INTELLIGENCE GATHERING) COCKROACH GETS NINJA LEGS AND FOOT
The cockroach robot RHex, the development of which is operated by Boston Dynamics for the benefit of the U.S. Army, received a new ninja-foot » (Ninja Legs; devices such name given to developers) , through which can move not only on land but also on water. The new device movement has specialized legs or fins.
Ninja legs are carbon fiber construction in spring steel frame, which is attached to the native place ‘legs’ » RHex. The new device movement sets moving fins that can bend 120 degrees . When moving on land they do not perform any function, but when released into water the robot moves into play propulsion. In this axis, to which are attached ‘ninja-foot’ begins to perform pendulum rather than a circular motion .
Compared to standard legs » RHex « ninja feet leads to increased energy consumption by 15-20 percent, so to maintain the rotation of the motor at a given frequency . However, they also allow for much greater speed of movement because of its flexibility . In water, electric motors begin to perform the pendulum oscillations with a frequency of 2.5 hertz and an amplitude of 50 degrees.
The disadvantages of the new design is not only increasing power requirement of the robot, but also the complexity of the management systems and software that are responsible for controlling the electric motors. Ninja legs for the future American cockroach robot was developed at McGill University.
RHex is an apparatus with six legs. It weighs about 13 pounds. The robot is equipped with surveillance cameras and associated apparatus and can run on battery power for six hours. The radius of the device is about 600 meters. It is being developed by the U.S. military commissioned specifically for intelligence and covert surveillance in rough terrain . Cost-classified.
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