DARPA’s Robot Mules Carry 400 Lbs, Never Tire (Video)

Stan Schroeder writes on Mashable:

The typical soldier can only carry about 100 lbs. worth of gear, but not indefinitely. DARPA’s (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) new robotic mule, however, can carry 400 lbs. of gear and never get tired — and it can do it with a surprising degree of agility.

Physical overburden of soldiers is one of the top five biggest challenges for the U.S. army, according to DARPA, and a semi-autonomous legged robot, officially named the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), might be one way of fixing that problem …

16 Comments on "DARPA’s Robot Mules Carry 400 Lbs, Never Tire (Video)"

  1. Now if only they could come up with a creature capable of carrying the huge load of muleshit that pours from the mouths of American politicians.

  2. PlantsNeedLovingToo | Feb 21, 2012 at 1:11 am |

    This isn’t darpa. It’s boston dynamics. They’ve been doing this for years. I’m pretty sure that they’ve got a hand in this.

  3. Brett Private | Feb 21, 2012 at 6:20 am |

    DARPA provides funding and goals, Boston Dynamics is turning that money into blueprints and prototypes.  Seriously though, once they get a quieter power plant this is gonna be so cool.

  4. RobotHorse | Feb 21, 2012 at 8:56 am |

    Why not just use an actual mule?

    • Legbertwow | Feb 21, 2012 at 11:47 am |

      Yeah if this thing is being made for combat situations why is it louder than rush hour in 3 big cities?

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

      Have you ever been around a mule? 

    • Calypso_1 | Feb 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

      Mules are great.  Used to pull timber out of the hollers on my uncle’s farm when I was a kid. GeeHaw!  Here’s a great book on the history of military mules Shavetails and Bell Sharps.
      Ah, the bygone days of colonial wars, mountain-gun mule trains heading into the high Hindu Kush!
      Seems like only yesterday. 
       

    • I’ll stick to Bradleys.

  5. Yes, but can it *love*? 

  6. Metal Gear solid 4 all over again.Hope they don’t mount guns on them.

  7. Yes,  and as an added feature,  you can put the mask of your favorite president of choice on the front, to give it the personality you know you want

  8. Great, more power to the Empire…

  9. darpa….more like derpa

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