U.S. Air Force to create a “mechanical exoskeleton” to effectively assist human handling

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Mobility Command, and Arizona State University are working together to create a mechanical exoskeleton for airfield personnel. Exoskeleton (Exoskeleton) for airport personnel to wear, has completed initial testing.

According to Airforce Technology, the Travis Air Force Base in California has completed preliminary experiments with a prototype mechanical exoskeleton, and if it passes further equipment testing and suitability assessment, it will be used in large numbers for logistics personnel at U.S. Air Force airports. Equipment, can significantly reduce the logistics armament labor, but also can simultaneously enhance security.

The report mentioned that the U.S. Air Force Futures Command (US Army Futures Command) technical officer Jensen (Landon Jensen) said that the airport transportation work is quite heavy, air force logistics workers are often injured, strained muscles or sciatica and other symptoms, through the development of mechanical exoskeleton, can effectively assist human handling, enhance logistics capacity Through the development of mechanical exoskeleton, it can effectively assist human handling, enhance logistics capacity, and reduce the risk of injury.

The report also said that since 2019, the 60th Aerial Port Squadron (60th Aerial port) is responsible for putting into the development of mechanical exoskeleton work, the unit is responsible for handling soldiers after the actual wear test, think wearing it is very light, no discomfort, can effectively improve the efficiency of work; a small number of soldiers believe that the waist because of wearing the device, resulting in slightly inflexible activities.