The Sarcos Guardian XO Full-Body Powered Exoskeleton Wins 2020 CTMA Technology Competition

Ann Arbor, MI—The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is pleased to announce that the Sarcos® Guardian XO® Full-Body, Powered Exoskeleton won the 2020 Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Technology Competition. Seven finalists were chosen to present from over 50 impressive submissions.  Sarcos will receive $50,000 in funding and will participate in a one-year technology demonstration/evaluation project.

The Sarcos® Guardian XO® Full-Body, Powered Exoskeleton is a robust, wearable, fully powered exoskeleton tailored to augment the ability of its operator to efficiently and safely lift, push/pull, transport, and manipulate loads in both structured and unstructured environments to enhance productivity, manage talent and mitigate the risk of debilitating short-term or long-term musculoskeletal injuries. The integration of Guardian® XO® full-body, powered exoskeleton within the logistics field will increase human performance and resilience, augment logistics agility, and decrease reliance on Material Handling Equipment.  Learn more about the Sarcos® Guardian XO® Full-Body, Powered Exoskeleton at

Past winners have included:

  • 2019 Atmospheric Plasma Solutions
  • 2018 Maglogix®-Multi-Pole Permanent Magnets
  • 2017 Thermal Wave Imagining, Inc. – Large-Standoff, Large-Area Thermography System

Competitors in the 2020 CTMA Technology Competition were judged by the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG) Principals, which is comprised of maintenance and sustainment leaders from all branches of service. Through the years, this competition has introduced many innovative technologies that have been transitioned into demonstrations, evaluations, and validations within the DOD.

All submissions will be automatically entered into the 2020 Maintenance Innovation Challenge, part of the DOD Maintenance Symposium that takes place in December. This will provide an extended venue for all maintenance and sustainment related technologies.  The CTMA Technology Competition and the Maintenance Innovation Challenge are great ways to get innovative maintenance and sustainment technology in front of key decision-makers within the Department of Defense (DOD).

To learn more about the CTMA Technology Competition or the CTMA Program visit or email

About CTMA

The Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) Program offers a unique contracting vehicle for industry, academia, and the DOD sustainment community to work in collaboration to promote the development, demonstration, and transition of new and innovative technologies that enhance warfighter readiness at the best value.

About NCMS

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is a cross-industry technology development consortium, dedicated to improving the competitiveness and strength of the U.S. industrial base. As a member-based organization, it leverages its network of industry, government, and academia to develop, demonstrate, and transition innovative technologies efficiently, with less risk and lower cost. For more information on NCMS, visit