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      CommentAuthorgroundxero
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2009
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    Precision Hopper

    DARPA funded military robot 'hops' over walls

    By Paul Rincon
    Science and environment reporter, BBC News



    Video footage has been released of a robot that can leap over obstacles more than 7.5m (25ft) high.

    Most of the time, the shoebox-sized robot - which is being developed for the US military - uses its four wheels to get around.

    But the Precision Urban Hopper can use a piston-actuated "leg" to launch it over obstacles such as walls or fences.


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    and
    swarm
    Boeing tries to control "swarm" of unmanned vehicles

    September 18, 2009


    The patent filing notes that there's "significant interest in the use of remote, unmanned vehicles for various surveillance and exploration activities," including battlefield uses. It notes that current technology allows for the control of a single unmanned vehicle by way of a joystick.

    But Boeing's approach would basically connect a human controller's body movements to the movements of more than one unmanned vehicle. Swarm technology has been a hotbed of R&D for the last few years.


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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2009
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    How long until these suckers are duplicated by shady arms suppliers and used to deliver bombs against us?
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      CommentAuthorPaladine
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009
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    Bombs? No, all they need is a knife. We will have the assassinbot, who can jump the highest walls to get to you, and the slashswarmbot for crowd control.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009 edited
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    I've been following a couple of the new prospective UMV ideas that have come up recently, and I for one fear our new deathball overlords:
    GroundBot



    All i can imagine is machine guns instead of cameras on the sides of this thing.

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      CommentAuthorgroundxero
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009
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    @Internaut

    All i can imagine is machine guns instead of cameras on the sides of this thing.


    Then give it the ability to fly and you have this:

    Multiple Kill Vehicle

    LOCKHEED MARTIN TEAM CONDUCTS FREE-FLIGHT HOVER TEST OF MDA'S MULTIPLE KILL VEHICLE-L

    Wall Street Journal (Market Watch), Dec 4, 2008.

    Lockheed Martin Corporation announced today that its team successfully conducted a free-flight hover test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Multiple Kill Vehicle-L. Conducted Dec. 2 at the National Hover Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the test met all objectivesThe full-scale prototype flew at an altitude of approximately 23 feet (7 meters) for 20 seconds, maneuvering while simultaneously tracking a target. "This test demonstrated the integrated operation of the MKV-L in near-earth flight," said Rick Reginato, Multiple Kill Vehicle program director, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "This represents a major step forward for the earliest operational payload designed to destroy multiple threat objects with a single missile defense interceptor."
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      CommentAuthorPaladine
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009 edited
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    Somehow, Multiple Kill Vehicle strikes me as a portentuous name.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2009
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    "This test demonstrated the integrated operation of the MKV-L in near-earth flight,"

    Sooo.....Has there been far earth flight?