LS3 robot tested as future military mule

LS3 robot tested as future military mule

Walking semi-autonomous system support units LS3
Fighters who now carry up to 40 kg of equipment on his back, soon freed from the weight of this, report the Agency representatives defense promising research of the U.S. Army. They will bot.

When this is not just a bot. Walking semi-autonomous system support units — as well as popular LS3 — developed by DARPA will be able to carry up to 160 kg of equipment Marines take up to 20 miles at a time, also act as an auxiliary power supply for the troops to recharge the batteries and portable radios while on patrol.

There are currently testing this mechanized «mule» shown that it can do numerous functions, but his primary responsibility is all the same support infantry, said Lt. Col. Joseph K. Hitt (Joseph K. Hit), managing programs from headquarters tactical technology DARPA.

«It is about solving real military prepyadstviya: indescribable loading equipment our soldier and marines that they now have to endure in Afghanistan,» Hitt said. «consequences of such loads can be Myagenkaya tissue injury and other burdens,» he added.

Because the weight of their equipment has increased, there are cases of weakness, physical stress and performance degradation, say bureaucrats. Lowering the load carried by soldiers was the main point, which began research and development, they say bureaucrats DARPA, as the increase in weight of the equipment has a negative impact on the willingness of a fighter.

Five-year project DARPA LS3, cost $ 54 million, was launched in September 2009, and the current time step passes field testing criteria. «LS3 should be run on different types of terrain, from forests to deserts, and in different weather criteria, such as rain and snow,» explained to Hitt.

Experienced standard LS3 graduated its first field tests in January 2012, showing his mobility, rising and going down on the mound, as their powers of perception.

After a «very successful» tests at Fort Pickett, Va., earlier this month, according to Hitt, bot worked in the laboratory Warfighting Laboratory U.S. Marine Corps, and there have been additional behaviors.

Bot sensors allow him to move around obstacles at night, to maneuver in urban criteria, respond to voice commands, also determine the distance and direction. «LS3 can also distinguish between different forms of vegetation, when it goes around the fields and bushes» Hitt said. «Mental footwell LS3 on rough terrain is the key element that allows to overcome the logs and stones,» he said.

«Subsequent testing bot waiting on desert terrain at Marine Corps Base Palm Springs in California, and further tests will follow a string of every three months,» Hitt said.

Bot behavior like relations trained animal and its trainer. Detachment commander must learn 10 top teams to manage it, for example by submitting commands, such as «the brakes», «sit», «follow him close», «follow him along the route» or go to certain coordinates.

«Development bot focused on mobility, perception and human-assisted robot» Hitt said.

Expected delivery of the first LS3 in the U.S. Marine Corps units over the next 2 years. This programm completes decade of research and development. Yet, she still needs some improvement, Hitt acknowledged.

«We need to ensure that a reasonable level bot trained animals,» he said. «We have to make sure that it can follow a favorite route or follow without the help of other elected the best way. Interaction between the favorite and the bot should be intuitive and natural. «

Sergei Wei

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