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DARPA Cheetah Sets Land Speed Record for Legged Robots

In the video below, DARPA’s four-legged Cheetah robot has set a new
land speed record for legged robots, reaching a top speed up 18 miles
per hour (29 km/h). The previous record was 13.1 mph (21.08 km/h) set
in 1989. The robot is part of DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation
(M3) program. Check out the video and full press release below!


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The
use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions
already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties. If
the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of
robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist
warfighters across a greater range of missions. DARPA’s Maximum Mobility
and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create and demonstrate
significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and
manipulation capabilities.

The M3 program pursues four
parallel tracks of research and development: tool design, improvement of
production methods and processes, improvement in control of robot
mobility and manipulation, and prototype demonstration.

This
video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds
of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for
legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.


The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals
in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing
and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.


The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill
where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a
boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill.
Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.


While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on
specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have
a wide range of potential military applications.

The DARPA M3 performer for Cheetah is Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Mass.


Added: Mar-8-2012 Occurred On: Mar-8-2012
By: Fire37Rescue
In:
Science and Technology
Tags: Cheetah robot, DARPA M3 performer, Cheetah, Boston Dynamics
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States (load item map)
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