US Military Robotics take some Big Strides this Week

I love military hardware and history. Some big news came out this week on advancements in robotics and drone warfare.  This week an aerial drone successfully landed on an aircraft carrier for the first time and and America’s most advanced human looking robot was revealed.

Drone and robot use has increased dramatically and will be a major force in our military in as soon as the next few years.

Here is a look at the latest tech:

“The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.”

And meet Atlas, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built, created by Boston Dynamics:

Amazing!

Stick some armor plate on that guy and give him a couple Squad Automatic Weapons or some AA-12 automatic shotguns and he would look pretty ferocious!

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Meet Mantis the Two Ton Hexapod Robot

Science Fiction, meet Science Fact!

Meet Mantis the Robot created by British company Micro Magic Systems.

This two metric ton hydraulic robot took four years to design and build. Powered by a 2.2 Liter Turbo Diesel engine, Mantis can be operated via onboard pilot or remote control via Wi-Fi.

This miracle of robotic design has a 5 meter working area and when all the feet are planted exerts less force per leg than a human being.

As you can see robot design is radically advancing. Apparently the design was inspired by the Star Wars AT-AT walker. Kind of makes you wonder what military battlefields are going to look like in 50 years…

For more information check out their webpage MantisRobot.com.

Robo Dog: Man’s new best Friend?

DARPA, the military research group, and Boston Dynamics have released another video of AlphaDog, or as they lovingly call it the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The robotic assistant is being developed to help dismounted troops by carrying gear. In the latest video the bot can be seen following a soldier using a control pad device.

According to Wired’s Danger Room the robot can carry up to 400 pounds and has a range of 20 miles.

Pretty cool stuff, and it doesn’t even need a good boy treat!