Ok, Now Where Is My TIE Fighter?
As well as protecting soldiers from impacts, modern helmets and masks are also designed to provide protection against chemical and biological agents. Such gear requires a powered air purifying respirator to supply air, but these traditionally rely on a separate battery pack and blower unit that is connected to the mask via a hose. The US Army is developing technology for a compact self-contained mask that is not only lighter and less cumbersome, but also helps keep soldiers cool.
It’s probably effective and more comfortable than the monsters we used during my time in the service, but doesn’t that just remind you of the TIE pilot’s helmet?
Star Wars is closing in on 37 years since it was released and it’s influence on our culture is staggering.