Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Exoskeleton technology set for Navy testing and evaluation

Exoskeleton technology set for Navy testing and evaluation: Exoskeltons from Lockheed Martin that boost a person's strength and endurance are to be tested and evaluated for industrial use by the U.S. Navy.

The contract was issued for the Navy through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, or NCMS, but its details were not disclosed.

Lockheed said its FORTIS exoskeleton is an ergonomically designed, wearable and unpowered device that transfers the weight of heavy loads from a user's body directly to the ground. It's lightweight and flexible.

The Navy aims to mature and transition exoskeleton technology to the Department of Defense industrial base and use the system for hand-tool applications at Navy shipyards.