Developing an Exoskeleton Test Plan for the TALOS Program
AbstractAs America’s global adversaries increase their capabilities on the battlefield, US military forces must enhance warfighter’s survivability, lethality, and mobility. These needs can be met by augmenting warfighters with additional equipment. The increased use of equipment, however, creates an additional need for an exoskeleton that can support the added equipment, while also augmenting the warfighter’s mobility. Traditionally, exoskeletons have had acceptance issues related to poor operational mobility. USSOCOM is building the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) as the next generation of these armored exoskeletons. This paper explains the methodology for developing a test plan to ensure adequate mobility for the warfighter wearing the TALOS system. Operational missions were decomposed into tasks which were further broken down into individual movements. Motion capture data was used to determine the angles and angular velocities imposed on relevant joints during these movements. This information was mapped to a set of exercises that were then compiled into a test plan, which can be used during the testing phase to ensure proper mobility for operators utilizing the system.
Body Digital Image. (2016). Danrotary.com 3D Character Artist. Retrieved from: http://www.danroarty.com/jfk2.jpg
Burch, G. (2001). An Examination of Land Warrior's Contribution to Combat Power on the Battlefield. Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College.
Carnegie Mellon University. (2016). CMU Graphics Lab - Motion Capture Library. Retrieved from: http://mocap.cs.cmu.edu/
CYBERDYNE. (2015). The World's First Cyborg-type Robot "HAL®". Retrieved from: http://www.cyberdyne.jp/english/products/HAL/
Leslie, M. (2012). The next generation of exoskeletons. A Magazine of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 3(4), 56-61.
The O&P EDGE. (2011). West Point Cadets Build Exoskeleton. Retrieved from:
Schechter, E. (2014). DARPA Is Getting Closer to an Iron Man Suit. Retrieved from:
Stars and Stripes. (2014). Special Ops Chief McRaven Expects ‘Iron Man’ Suit by 2018. Retrieved from:
U.S. Army. (2012). The Army Physical Readiness Program (PRT). Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.
How to Cite
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
The copyediting stage is intended to improve the flow, clarity, grammar, wording, and formatting of the article. It represents the last chance for the author to make any substantial changes to the text because the next stage is restricted to typos and formatting corrections. The file to be copyedited is in Word or .rtf format and therefore can easily be edited as a word processing document. The set of instructions displayed here proposes two approaches to copyediting. One is based on Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature and requires that the copy editor, editor, and author have access to this program. A second system, which is software independent, has been borrowed, with permission, from the Harvard Educational Review. The journal editor is in a position to modify these instructions, so suggestions can be made to improve the process for this journal.