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Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - TriWooOx - 09-29-2010

Quote:The XOS2 suit - pronounced "exos" - produced by US defence technology firm Raytheon Sarcos allows the user to carry 70kg with apparently little or no effort and punch through four planks of wood at once.

The exoskeleton has been designed with two applications in mind: firstly, the combat variant, which is a waist-down suit intended for use supporting heavy backpacks; and, secondly, the logistics version, which is a full suit intended to be used by personnel carrying water, supplies and ammunition boxes or tank shells.

Raytheon test engineer Rex Jameson said: "If you push at the boards (planks), you are, like, "I'm never going to be able to do that" but then you walk up and do it and away they go."

Iron Man actor Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the films, was given the opportunity to try the suit at the firm's research lab in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week.

He said: "It's the closest thing we have at the moment to the Iron Man suit. That it's becoming real so quickly is remarkable."

The XOS2 is the second prototype of the model, which has been made more fuel efficient. The firm expect to release a version of the suit which is "tethered" first, which means it is attached to its power source permanently, before improvements are made to allow the wearer full independence of movement.

Dr Fraser Smith, the firm's vice-president of operations, said: "We would expect them to appear in theatre [war zones] probably in about five years for the tethered version and perhaps three to five after that for the untethered version."

In the Iron Man films, with Robert Downey Junior in the eponymous role based on the Marvel Comics character, a power suit allows the wearer virtually unlimited strength and the ability to fly.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8031810/Iron-Man-style-power-suits-will-be-in-war-zones-in-five-years.html


RE: Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - JazzRoc - 10-04-2010

TriWooX Wrote:In the Iron Man films, with Robert Downey Junior in the eponymous role based on the Marvel Comics character, a power suit allows the wearer virtually unlimited strength and the ability to fly
But that's FANTASY.
Reality is managed by "accountants", which are the laws of physics.
Only nuclear energy would be sufficient for the suit's endurance, and the CONTAINMENT of the radiation would involve considerable distance, and therefore be TOO BIG FOR THE SUIT.
The alternative may be kerosine, but there isn't sufficient volume in the suit for any endurance. The inevitable production of heat would be a great problem. Heat is a byproduct of ALL energetic processes.
ALSO, there are NO materials that physically resist armor-piercing rounds. Period.
However free-ranging android robot warriors are a distinct possibility. They have less heat problems and far fewer morality problems, and no issues at all with remaining alive.
They'll happen.
That will be nice.


RE: Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - rsol - 10-08-2010



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RE: Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - dicktater - 10-09-2010

Quote:Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years'

The "war zones" are the streets where you now live.


RE: Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - JazzRoc - 10-11-2010

(10-09-2010, 02:13 AM)dicktater Wrote: The "war zones" are the streets where you now live.
Why is that?
Isn't there enough technology available to the PTB for street use?
How do you see this weapon deployed?




RE: Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - dicktater - 10-11-2010

(10-11-2010, 02:48 PM)JazzRoc Wrote:
(10-09-2010, 02:13 AM)dicktater Wrote: The "war zones" are the streets where you now live.
Why is that?
Isn't there enough technology available to the PTB for street use?
How do you see this weapon deployed?

For use against cops and others with body armor and special weapons training who side with the people against the PTB's goons.




RE: Iron Man-style power suits 'will be in war zones in five years' - JazzRoc - 10-13-2010

(10-11-2010, 05:04 PM)dicktater Wrote: For use against cops and others with body armor and special weapons training who side with the people against the PTB's goons.
Sounds like some sort of wish-fulfillment...
It won't work in terrorist situations where "the people" can "leg it".
It will only work against an enemy prepared to make a stand without armor-piercing weapons. And that would be TOO silly.
Have you ever played scissors/paper/stone?