With the technology getting advanced and new concepts flowing through human minds, Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit doesn’t seem impossible anymore. During an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck talked about the development the U.S. military attained while working on a real-life Iron Man suit.
Like the Iron Man suit, The U.S. military attempted to put their soldiers in armor which is known as The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit(TALOS) project. Formerly dubbed ‘Carnivore’, the suit works on a powerful exoskeleton, which was first proposed in 2013.
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The Military also brainstormed about making Marvel’s Iron Man-style 1000-pound suits of armor powered by soccer ball-sized portable nuclear batteries. However, The TALOS project now concentrates on exoskeletons that help soldiers carry larger loads without injury.
Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck explained about the exoskeleton suit and how it is operated. He explained, “It attaches around your waist and it kind of works of your hips. So that’s a regular one with no power, that’s an unpowered one… Those things on his legs and up there are like a piston and that, as you’re moving your legs, it all works off your own kinetics and it can carry large weights so you can go faster and carry a lot more weight. Paralyzed people, they have people that are paralyzed and they can attach all this stuff to them and they can walk around and do things.”
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Though the project was a great initiative, its’ armored version could become an issue. According to Mr. Beck, if any malfunction were to happen in a suit that works on a power supply, it will be a disadvantage for a soldier leaving them immobilized. This would be a bad situation, especially during combats and that would endanger many lives.
SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose in 2019 clarifying that issue stating, “The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment.”
Though the TALOS project didn’t get executed, it gave birth to lots of amazing concepts that are helping humankind. As Mr. Beck told, the suits also work “with paralyzed people. They can attach all those stuff and walk around too.”
With the technology advancing every single moment, Beck told that work is under process and many of the advances in technology have filtered down to civilian life.