30 Dec '15, 3pm

Marine Corps Powers Down Robotic Mule: The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to power down its robotic mule, at le...

Marine Corps Powers Down Robotic Mule: The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to power down its robotic mule, at le...

The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to power down its robotic mule, at least for now anyway. That’s according to my colleague, Hope Hodge Seck, who reported at Military​.com that the service has decided to shelve its Legged Squad Support System, known more popularly as the robotic mule, or robo-mule: Marines’ barrel-chested Legged Squad Support System — known affectionately as the robotic mule — has been put out to pasture. The machine, which resembles a headless pack mule made of metal, came about through a $32 million, two-and-a-half year contract between the Pentagon’s research arm, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Google Inc.‘s Boston Dynamics, of Waltham, Massachusetts. DARPA teamed up with the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab to create an autonomous four-legged creature that could lighten troops’ load by carrying 400 or more pounds of weight, acc...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2015/12/30/marine-corps-powers-dow...

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