Engineering Newswire 91: Iron Man Suit Designed for U.S. Special Forces

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:06pm
Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing hyperspectral sensors, creating little lenses for security cameras, and making a real Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces. This episode features:

Little Lenses: French researchers have developed a new 1 mm thick ultra-thin lens that could pave the way to making smaller and cheaper heat-sensing imagers. The team found a way to make a thermal infrared camera with a lens made of silicon with less than 4 mm in useful diameter.

Special Ops Iron Man Suit: The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit project is being coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters, but the team is turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local “garage tinkerers.”

Tracking Your Gases & Solids: Exelis’ new long-wave infrared (LWR) hyperspectral (HIS) sensor provides real-time information about the composition of gases and solids. With the ability to point in multiple directions, the LWR HIS sensor can detect improvised explosive devices or leaks emanating from containers and pipeline used in a variety of industries.

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