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Lockheed Martin HULC exoskeleton’s new power source

We wrote last year about Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) exoskeleton developed for giving soldiers super strength and the ability to carry up to 200lbs of equipment over long distances with little effort. Soldiers wearing the exoskeleton can reach running speeds of up to 10 miles per hour and it only takes about 30 seconds to put it on or take it off.

The main problem for HULC and all other exoskeleton’s under development for military and civilian use is to a large degree the lack of a good power source that would allow the exoskeleton to operate for long periods of time uninterrupted. Lockheed Martin engineers believe that they can solve this issue by replacing the currently used li-ion batteries with fuel cells. They claim that with fuel cells, the HULC can be operated for up to 72 hours as opposed to the few hours achievable using the batteries. The Protonex Technology Corporation has been tasked with developing the fuel cells for the exoskeleton.

In the video below, HULC program manager Jim Ni describes the exoskeleton and its use.

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