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with six degree of freedom range of motion, compared to traditional simulators, and two axes of continuous rotation, enabling realistic accelerations and manoeuvres.
Deakin University and Lockheed Martin also launched their FORTIS exoskeleton collaboration at Land Forces. The FORTIS is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton designed by Lockheed Martin that makes tools weighing up to 16.3 kilograms feel weightless - reducing user fatigue and im- proving worker safety.
Using motion capture obtained from sen- sors on the arms and shoulders of exoskel- eton operators and analysed by signal pro- cessing techniques, the team at IISRI used biomechanics to test the ergonomic effects of using power tools on the human body.
Deakin researchers also designed and 3D- printed new attachments to expand the func- tionality of the FORTIS Exoskeleton, allow- ing it to accommodate external loads usually mounted on the back of the human body.
“The technology supporting the exoskel- eton may look simple but developing tech- nologies that are a help and not a hindrance is a deceptively difficult engineering task,” James Heading, business development se- nior manager, Lockheed Martin Australia said. “No two people are the same, so the exoskeleton needs to be designed to adjust and fit any sized person and accommodate different anthropometry.”
STEM literacy
“We think we can expand drone literacy,” Mann said. “We’ve built this great online system that can be rolled out to every unit. Ideally, every person in Army could com- plete our course.
“It’s about learning what Army wants to do with drones, and then where we can help. We can help take out that learning curve.”
UAVAIR’s other passion is for teach- ing schoolkids how to fly. The company is partnered with BASAIR RTO to deliver the Certificate III Aviation qualification to high school students as part of their senior studies. Currently, UAVAIR has 206 stu- dents in NSW and 75 in Queensland.
Additionally, the company runs courses for girls in Year 9 and 10 thanks to a tender gained through the Department of Indus- try under the Women in STEM entrepre- neurship program. | October 2018 | 25

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