Each year, some 20 soldiers experience Afghanistan's 118°F heat for the first time not in the field but in a lab in Natick, Massachusetts. For six decades, the Doriot Climatic Chambers has created everything from deserts to blizzards to test equipment before real-world deployment—and it's the U.S.'s only military lab that uses human volunteers to do it.
The chambers are divided into two areas: tropic and arctic. Josh Bulotsky, the electrical engineer who manages the lab, can control every aspect of each climate. Two 500-horsepower cooling systems and a heater create –70°F to 165°F temperatures; dehumidifiers and water misters produce 10 to 90 percent humidity; sprinkler heads simulate rain; and a snow machine makes winter storms. In the chambers, soldiers sometimes walk on treadmills that fit five people (to simulate a group march). And to track their health, they can swallow telemetry pills that relay their core temperatures to lab technicians. In January, the lab added the sun: eighteen 1,500-watt metal-halide vapor lamps so bright that it's impossible to look straight at them—perfect for testing portable solar panels. Brutal as the tests are, better that the troops and their equipment fail now than on the other side of the world.
I suppose it is easier and more economic in testing gear or people verse going to the location every time.
Perhaps they are also preparing the military for when they are put underground in a simulated environment for the up and coming apocalypse. Does this mean there is REALLY an up and coming apocalypse, I do not know, but the military is required to be prepared anyways.
When you volunteer to be in the military, yes you volunteer to be a guinea pig too.
Be there, done that!
We spend more on AC in Iraq and Afghanistan that we do on all of NASA.
Come on you can tell us the truth... this is really just the best grow room on the planet. Inbetween harvests they use it as a training facility...