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Posted: January 9, 2008
Future soldier will generate power
(Nanowerk News) An article in Design News describes how the American soldier of the future will be garbed in an array of lightweight nanoscale materials that will provide ballistic protection, produce power through solar energy and integrate electronics that can monitor health and provide assistance when needed.
Some of these solutions are in development at the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. The article lists several 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.