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Chinese Firefighters Issued Exoskeletons to Make Them Stronger

byVictor Tangermann
4. 21. 21

Firefighters will be able to carry up to 110 pounds with ease thanks to this powered exoskeleton.

Powered Exoskeleton

A Chinese manufacturer has delivered its latest powered exoskeleton system to firefighters, state-owned news agency Global Times reports.

“This exoskeleton system will be applied to enhance a firefighter’s weight carrying capability to up to 50 kilograms, facilitating their movements in complicated environments such as mountain areas and in the woods,” developers at the state-owned aerospace contractor China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) told Global Times.

The suit was developed by the Human Function Enhancement Technology Research Center under contract with CASIC. It weighs just 11 pounds, thanks to a carbon fiber structure, and is reportedly able to save firefighters more than 50 percent of the energy expended while doing a number of different tasks, including walking, climbing, or carrying heavy loads.

Saving Energy

The exoskeleton is the answer to a call by China’s State Council for a national emergency plan for forest and grassland fires. It’s actually not the first time we’ve seen a system like it in action. A similar product, developed by the same firm, allowed workers to more easily traverse the snowy landscape while picking up lunar samples from the Chang’e-5 probe that landed in Inner Mongolia back in December.


The company has also delivered exoskeletons for use in high-altitude regions where goods being carried on foot can feel like they weigh much more due to a lack of oxygen.

It’s yet another sign that exoskeletons, both powered and unpowered, are becoming an increasingly widespread tool.

READ MORE: Chinese space firm delivers exoskeleton system to firefighters, enhances performance in fighting grassland, forestry fires [Global Times]

More on exoskeletons: The US Army Is Testing a Powered Exoskeleton


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