29 Dec '12, 11am
Counting down the most popular DARPA features of 2012: #4 DARPA’S LS3 to Lighten Troops’ Loads
DARPA’S LEGGED SQUAD SUPPORT SYSTEM (LS3) TO LIGHTEN TROOPS’ LOAD February 07, 2012 Prototype robotic “pack mule” stands up, lies down and follows leader carrying 400 lbs. of squad’s gear Today’s dismounted warfighter can be saddled with more than 100 pounds of gear, resulting in physical strain, fatigue and degraded performance. Reducing the load on dismounted warfighters has become a major point of emphasis for defense research and development, because the increasing weight of individual equipment has a negative impact on warfighter readiness. The Army has identified physical overburden as one of its top five science and technology challenges. To help alleviate physical weight on troops, DARPA is developing a highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), to integrate with a squad of Marines or Soldiers. Recently the LS3 prototype und...