DoD announces the venue for the wearable power competition

by: Matthew Potter
January 3, 2008

Category: DARPA, development program, U.S. Army | RSS 2.0

The US Department of Defense on Wednesday announced the dates and the venue for the wearable power competition. This contest was first discussed last July. The DoD is trying to develop a system that generates 20 watts average power for 96 hours and is lightweight. Over 160 teams have signed up for the competition. The winner will receive $1 Million as the prize. The press release is here. The contest will be held in September, 2008 at Twentynine Palms, CA.  This is similar to the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) contest for unmanned ground vehicles, where it is hoped the promise of a large prize will cause individuals to develop on their own dime new technologies. If you are familiar with the current war US troops go through batteries like crazy each day and night. The development of Land Warrior will require even more power to be carried by a soldier. According to the press release “The goal is to reduce the weight of power systems that warfighters carry to operate their radios, navigation, weapons, and other gear.”

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