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No Runts In BigDog Robot Litter

BigDog, the robotic quadruped robot from BostonDynamics, is starting to run in packs. Take a look at this photo shot with the MCAS New River unit.


(BigDog runs in packs (Photo: Lance Cpl. M. L. Meier)

In what Military.com described as "a demonstration reminiscent of a new age science-fiction flick," BigDog trotted down the ramp of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft. The robot runs at a rate of 3.3 miles per hour, can climb a 35 degree slope and can carry a 120 pound load.

According to DARPA program manager John Main, "“BigDog is going to someday, hopefully, give us the ability to have a mechanical mule to follow us around in the field and carry a couple hundred pounds of supplies".

BigDog's legs are articulated like an animal's; it has compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. Its onboard computer controls locomotion and a variety of sensors. To find out more about the BigDog robot, read BigDog Quadruped Robot Update.

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