US Military Set to Release "BigDog"

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US Military Set to Release "BigDog"

http://www.shadowspear.com/special_operations_kit/1289.html


Multiple news sources have reported that the US Military is deploying "BigDogs" to Afghanistan to assist in the fight against the enemy.

Dubbed "the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth," BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog's legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.

BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others.

The BigDogs — four-legged robots that can navigate the country's treacherous terrain — and pilotless helicopters can transport tons of supplies to remote bases are just two of the new weapons being tested in Afghanistan.

In separate trials, BigDog runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, and carries a 340 lb load. Its robot brain, a sophisticated computer, controls sensors that adapt rapidly to the environment. The entire control system regulates, steers and navigates ground contact. A laser gyroscope keeps BigDog on his metal paws — even when the robot slips, stumbles or is kicked over.

BigDog is being developed by Boston Dynamics with the goal of creating robots that have rough-terrain mobility that can take them anywhere on Earth that people and animals can go. The program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA
 
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Trip_Wire said:
US Military Set to Release "BigDog"

http://www.shadowspear.com/special_o..._kit/1289.html


Multiple news sources have reported that the US Military is deploying "BigDogs" to Afghanistan to assist in the fight against the enemy.

Dubbed "the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth," BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline enginemule just requires local vegitation, that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog's legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule but a very expensive one, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.

BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors thats called the brian and eyes on a mule. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary something that mules have been doing for hundreds of years, without a laptop. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others water and straw then.

The BigDogs — four-legged robots that can navigate the country's treacherous terrain — and pilotless helicopters can transport tons of supplies to remote bases are just two of the new weapons being tested in Afghanistan.

In separate trials, BigDog runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, and carries a 340 lb load. Its robot brain, a sophisticated computer, controls sensors that adapt rapidly to the environment. The entire control system regulates, steers and navigates ground contact. A laser gyroscope keeps BigDog on his metal paws — even when the robot slips, stumbles or is kicked over ok I give you that as the will bite ang kick you if you try to push it over.
BigDog is being developed by Boston Dynamics with the goal of creating, lots of money for reinventing the wheel robots that have rough-terrain mobility that can take them anywhere on Earth that people and animals can go. The program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA
 
#3
Indeed Leveller - one wonders how the Chindits managed to cross the Irawaddy without a petrol driven four legged million dollar robot?

 
#5
If you really wanted resupply in close country, wouldn't you be better off with quad bikes or ATVs?

I remember seeing a clip from Sky about the British Army using Grizzly 450s with trailers and the American Army using something called an M Gator. This was before the Springer was announced, which looks to be our own version of that.

That, or the mules of course :p as this Big Dog only travels 4mph...
 
#6
I totally want one of those!

The minidonkey that is, not that mosquito sounding hingme. After seeing bored troops do a bucking bronco on a RWS, i know where this will get (ab)used. Bigdog races around the LAD anyone?
 
#7
& I was scared of camel spiders , wait til one of those runs past you at night, as long as they cure the mini moto noise, just dress the thing up with some sort of horror flick and send it past the taliban should be fun :)
 
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I had the misfortune of having had to train with Army mules, as an Airborne Ranger in the high Country of Colorado in 1951 at Camp (Now Fort) Carson. The idea for this training was to assist us in long range behind the 'lines' raids, etc.

We received this training from the 'mule skinners' of a pack artillery unit stationed at that camp.

We had a number of Rangers kicked and bitten by the mules and convince me I didn't want anything to do with mules. :wink:

One 'Bad Arrse Mule:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCXWkNYgn30
 
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Trip_Wire said:
I had the misfortune of having had to train with Army mules, as an Airborne Ranger in the high Country of Colorado in 1951 at Camp (Now Fort) Carson. The idea for this training was to assist us in long range behind the 'lines' raids, etc.

We received this training from the 'mule skinners' of a pack artillery unit stationed at that camp.

We had a number of Rangers kicked and bitten by the mules and convince me I didn't want anything to do with mules. :wink:

One 'Bad Arrse Mule:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCXWkNYgn30
They are quite a bit cheaper though :wink:
 
#11
Hello,

for anyone interested in military mules,I would recommend "Shave Tails And Bell Sharps,The History of the U.S. Army Mule ".


tangosix.
 

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US Military Set to Release "BigDog"
Is he a big tattooed gay porn star? Might not work, as I hear the Afghani's like to play 'with the boys' on their naafi breaks.



Anyway....that thing is 5h1t, expensive, and the buzzing will alert every Talib for miles around. And I bet that as soon as it rains, its useless - just like the Stealth fighter.
 
#15
The MoD procurement wizards had a similar programe.
It was named, "Reasonable Sized Gerbil", cost half a billion taxpayers pounds, and consisted, largely, of a Mr. PotatoHead glued to a skateboard.
Unfortunatley they forgot to configure the software, and they're all gathering dust in an old hangar somewhere.
 
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catchyerselfon said:
I totally want one of those!

The minidonkey that is, not that mosquito sounding hingme. After seeing bored troops do a bucking bronco on a RWS, i know where this will get (ab)used. Bigdog races around the LAD anyone?
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I can see it already!

Squaddies!!! Don't you just love them?

Rodney2q
 
#17
That thing has always frightened me.
It will continue to frighten me.
The buzzing noise makes it worse.
I will have nightmares of hundreds of BigDogs slowly advancing toward me, all making that creepy noise. And then they feast on my brain.
 
#18
It's hard to take the US military seriously at times.....

oodles of cash for what is essentially a diminutive beast of burden.

And chad names... such as big dog, or the APGBF45609345XDRFYD.
 
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anyone carrying combat loads in the mountains of Afgh will surely welcome this, the fact that the US military is working to assist its soldiers in re-supps of kit is a plus,unlike the British army who granted, have now rolled out quads and trailers, something that has been in use since Gulf 1 but only just made it on general issue in Afgh.
 

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