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January 9th, 2008

Future Soldier Will Generate Power

Abstract:
The charter of the MIT center — working with the U.S. Army Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center — is to find smaller integrated solutions. And those goals are striking. In an 80-page broad announcement, these are some examples of what the Army wants:

• New polymers with improved tensile properties that can increase ballistic protection and reduce weight over current individual protection systems. One target is liquid crystal polymer fibers.

• New materials for energy absorption and vapor permeability cooling management for helmets.
• Improved lightweight, integrated communications devices.
• Chemical and biological protection.
• Integration of novel flame retardant systems into low-cost fibers for flame and thermal protection.
• Development of textile systems that cloak soldiers from infrared and other sensors used in enemy surveillance.
• Development of body-worn interactive systems that integrate electronics into protective clothing.
• Biomechanical devices that help soldiers in the field handle larger loads, such as an exoskeleton.
• Solar and fuel cells that soldiers can wear. The Army wants power levels of 20 to 30W. The cell can weigh no more than 0.6 kg.

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