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US Marines have abandoned the unreliable and too noisy robot mule

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The command of the US Marine Corps refused to further develop and test the robot mule, created for carrying cargo in the field, reports Lenta.ru report resource message military.com.




Among the noted flaws of the "mule", developed by Boston Dynamics, are low reliability and excessive noise.

"The robot prototype was tested in the summer of 2014 during the RIMPAC-2014 exercise, during which a number of problems were identified, including high noise of the gasoline engine, difficulty of repair in case of damage, and a number of other factors that prevented the use of the device as part of the standard marines patrol "- writes resource.

At the same time, the company continues to develop another “pack animal”, smaller in size and not as noisy as the “mule” (in it the gasoline engine is replaced with an electric one).

“At the same time, the weight of the load of this robot is only 40 pounds (18 kilograms) against more than 180 kilograms of the“ robot mule ”. According to the military, the smaller LS3 can be used as a reconnaissance vehicle, but for this, the robot must become autonomous, whereas at present it needs constant external control, ”the publication notes.

The company Boston Dynamic with 2013 g is owned by Google, the robot mule in it was developed with 2006 g.
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  1. venaya
    venaya 30 December 2015 13: 10 New
    +7
    the robot must become autonomous, while at present it needs constant external control

    If the robot is not autonomous then it is not a robot at all, here they are confused with concepts.
    1. Temples
      Temples 30 December 2015 13: 19 New
      +3
      Judging by the photo, you can disable it with a little thing.
      1. Vend
        Vend 30 December 2015 13: 28 New
        +7
        And how much dough fell into this stuffed animal laughing
        1. Teberii
          Teberii 30 December 2015 13: 37 New
          +7
          The older the children, the more expensive the toys.
          1. Blondy
            Blondy 30 December 2015 16: 12 New
            +1
            Quote: Teberii
            The older the children, the more expensive the toys.


            Yes, and how Kuzhuketich lost his temper. It will be remembered that even a contest was announced. There will be a circus if ours succeeds.

            In principle, the phenomenon is not even new. Let us recall, for example, the CIA shooter pens of the 50s of the last century, or the KGB shooter umbrella (it seems that Bandera was banged from this).
        2. dauria
          dauria 30 December 2015 13: 53 New
          10
          And how much dough fell into this stuffed animal


          So what? Developments remained and will be useful further. At first, both the plane and the pilots were on a par with clowns and circus performers. laughing what about "If the robot is not autonomous then it is not a robot at all,"- this is how the rider controls the horse, and the platoon soldier smile

          The question is what he managed to make autonomous and what didn't. If this thing keeps balance, sees obstacles and can overcome them on its own? These are already "reflexes", and there it is not far from Einstein's intellect ...
          And maybe, well, him, this intelligence? laughing And then he will also say such a "donkey" - "you need, you go and die yourself, and I'll sit here" belay
          1. Mainbeam
            Mainbeam 30 December 2015 13: 58 New
            +4
            Quote: dauria
            Operating time remained and will be useful further

            I agree. Let the "loot saw". We do not saw - well, that's good. And the developments will remain. Erroneous or not, the Yankos' innovative work continues.

      2. gladcu2
        gladcu2 30 December 2015 16: 27 New
        +4
        Temples

        With a little flicker you can disable anything. If one person did, then another can always break.

        This robot is a mule, an interesting concept. Sooner or later will receive a successful incarnation.
    2. KG_patriot_last
      KG_patriot_last 30 December 2015 13: 56 New
      +5
      Autonomous is a robot that follows the human leader in its wake. Personally, I liked him. Lifting capacity and patency seem to be normal.

      1. glasha3032
        glasha3032 30 December 2015 14: 28 New
        +2
        Why does he go bent? afraid of shelling?
        1. corporal
          corporal 30 December 2015 15: 01 New
          +2
          Quote: glasha3032
          Why does he go bent?

          The most stable position. It was established by Japanese robotics in the 70-80s, when they began experiments with walking prototypes.
          Now in all developments, the mechanisms walk "on bent" ones.
    3. Alexdark
      Alexdark 30 December 2015 22: 19 New
      0
      Well, ours is also called robots. From drones to ..
      They are also not autonomous, and they will not be such for a long time. Nevertheless, the robot can be both autonomous and controllable. From this, he does not cease to be a robot.
  2. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 30 December 2015 13: 10 New
    20
    And then what if the monkeys do not refuse the president? And noisy and unreliable and chewing all the time? repeat
  3. atamankko
    atamankko 30 December 2015 13: 10 New
    +9
    We must also abandon the unreliable and noisy US policy and everyone will be fine.
  4. ilija93
    ilija93 30 December 2015 13: 11 New
    +8
    Yeah, it’s known that a mule cannot breed, you need a horse and donkeys. tongue
  5. yuriy55
    yuriy55 30 December 2015 13: 12 New
    10
    Yeah !!! Abandoned both options ...

    Option 1: All the time, the power cable wound on its feet ... request

    Option 2: Those who inside all the time asked to drink ... drinks
  6. Road runer
    Road runer 30 December 2015 13: 15 New
    16
    Man domesticated the horse several thousand years ago, until the middle of the 20th century it was actively "used" in all military conflicts. Why invent a robot mule and spend millions on it when you can just go back to basics using horses ?! Moreover, its "carrying capacity, noise and permeability" will be about the same as it was supposed for this mule. There that in America they did not come up with a better way to cut a budget?))
    1. KG_patriot_last
      KG_patriot_last 30 December 2015 14: 01 New
      +1
      If the noise is removed, then this is an ideal mule for troops. Unlike a live horse, he will not give you neighing for a kilometer in the parking lot, he will clearly follow your heels without a rope, he will lie down where you are lying, he will run where you are running. The benefits are many. And if you didn’t know the horses get tired too, and the robot will cut while there is gasoline.

      Especially in the snowy / rocky mountains an interesting car would be. On the plains, a wheeled conveyor is better.
      1. glasha3032
        glasha3032 30 December 2015 14: 32 New
        0
        You are right about gasoline .... Now even in our country the steam locomotives canned, there is no hope for diesel locomotives.
      2. your1970
        your1970 30 December 2015 20: 14 New
        +4
        1) A horse can eat grass, and this thunderbolt is only gasoline, which someone must also drag.
        2) A minimally trained horse can do everything that you named (it will clearly follow your heels without a rope, go to where you are lying, run where you are running)
        3) the robot will cut exactly until the operator gets tired, no more ..
        4) Mountains ... Stability is a good thing — only a horse has a brain and walking skill honed by millennia, so who is more stable is not even discussed
        5) mass - a separate conveyor is not needed, only a little time. Although it is debatable here ..
        6) in case of damage - you can only throw the pepelats - you can eat a horse (and one will be enough for a sufficiently large number of soldiers)
        7) The main thing is COST !!!! A horse (not thoroughbred) now costs about 50 000 rubles (700 bucks !!!) - the pepelats will obviously pull tens, or even hundreds of thousands of bucks ...

        Conclusion, let them further develop / fuss, and we will see / evaluate / think, and then we'll see ....
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 30 December 2015 17: 24 New
      -3
      Road Runner

      Equine infrastructure is needed to care for horses. Which in the modern army is not. For robots, nothing needs to be changed.
  7. Dezinto
    Dezinto 30 December 2015 13: 16 New
    +7
    It makes a noise like it looks - a little eerie.

    1. Jozhkin Cat
      Jozhkin Cat 30 December 2015 13: 20 New
      10
      Estimate you’re keeping yourself a secret, and such a damn thing is rushing at you ... you can abasrat without getting up wassat
      1. 416D
        416D 30 December 2015 13: 53 New
        +1
        "Think you are standing in secret, and such crap is rushing at you ... Abasratsa can be without getting up"

        The "tablet" from the RPG will not give an abasr. Good remedy for robots))
      2. gladcu2
        gladcu2 30 December 2015 17: 28 New
        0
        Jozhkin Cat

        Therefore, the translator of fire on AK, automatic, is done with the first click, so that when the absolute, shoot only single. :)
    2. KG_patriot_last
      KG_patriot_last 30 December 2015 13: 51 New
      +1
      This is another development - a robot dog (leg difference), not a robot mule
    3. Rumata
      Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 16 New
      0
      Quote: DEZINTO
      It makes a noise like it looks - a little eerie.

      It's not him...
  8. izya top
    izya top 30 December 2015 13: 17 New
    +2
    sawing belay wow, how to saw fellow
    1. lis-ik
      lis-ik 30 December 2015 13: 31 New
      11
      Yes, they don’t saw in this case, the thing is cool, I was especially impressed with how it balances, and even without knowing it, you can really get scared when you meet in the forest.
      1. Altona
        Altona 30 December 2015 13: 42 New
        10
        Quote: lis-ik
        Yes, they don’t saw in this case, the thing is cool, I was especially impressed with how it balances, and even without knowing it, you can really get scared when you meet in the forest.

        --------------------
        I was also surprised by the ability of this mechanical mule to group correctly and know where to throw legs in case of loss of balance. In principle, his motor skills are quite at a level if only to replace the engine with a more compact and powerful one. You can also attach paws for self-loading, so that the bag itself will shoulder. In general, programmers and biomechanics did their job efficiently, motorists certainly let us down, the drive was useless.
        1. 34 region
          34 region 30 December 2015 13: 48 New
          +8
          The main thing is working. He didn’t go into the army, they’ll attach to civilian life. Computer games were also toys. Today they have become simulators.
        2. gladcu2
          gladcu2 30 December 2015 17: 31 New
          +1
          Altona

          I was surprised that you were surprised. These mules are already about 10 years old on YouTube.
          1. gladcu2
            gladcu2 30 December 2015 17: 34 New
            0
            General Speaker, in Boston do.

            Look at the last video, he congratulated everyone on the New Year. The four mules were harnessed to a sled and the pretty snow maiden was put there.
          2. Altona
            Altona 30 December 2015 18: 52 New
            +1
            Quote: gladcu2
            I was surprised that you were surprised. These mules are already about 10 years old on YouTube.

            -------------------
            I do not follow the creativity of biomechanics as closely as you do, and secondly, I have only observed straightforward walking, maybe 5 years. I perceived it simply as an experiment with biomechanics, because I saw in print all sorts of wheeled transporters-drones and exoskeletons in the equipment of the ILC and the US Army. Now I've watched Star Wars again, from a different angle, let's say, engineering. Much does not seem so unattainable in the near future as fiction. And machines walking on the battlefield, and blasters, and lightsabers, and space cruisers. Maybe it's just that while there are no technological capabilities to implement many things. Like this mule, while it is technologically imperfect. It will receive economical and compact linear ELECTRIC motors, new high-capacity batteries, instead of internal combustion engines, a lot of things, and will be finalized. Including metal parts will be replaced or reworked into something else. There is a general resource for modernization.
            1. VOLOD
              VOLOD 30 December 2015 23: 16 New
              0
              the level of star wars can be realized only by an economy of a planetary scale, he cannot afford one country on Mother Earth. and to the mullah. Yes, it’s not bad, but it’s not easier to cut the exoskeleton and hang the same 180 kg on it. And everything is at hand and don’t drag this thing.
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  9. Jozhkin Cat
    Jozhkin Cat 30 December 2015 13: 17 New
    0
    There is a great alternative))) KAMAZ and URAL yes good
    1. Altona
      Altona 30 December 2015 13: 44 New
      0
      Quote: Yozhkin Cat
      There is a great alternative))) KAMAZ and URAL

      --------------------
      Not KAMAZ and the Urals, but simply large-diameter wheels with low-pressure tires as on any all-terrain vehicle. Or dirt wheels with hooks for viscous or loose soils.
  10. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 30 December 2015 13: 18 New
    +9
    It is a pity that this amazing development will not be used.
    I think civilians will apply it faster.
    For the first time it was possible to simulate and implement in all, all the details
    in iron, the natural movement of tetrapods.
    Stable and accurate.
    1. Vladimyrych
      Vladimyrych 30 December 2015 13: 24 New
      +4
      By the way, I also like the idea. So far, of course, it’s not quite right, but the IMHO direction is right.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 30 December 2015 13: 30 New
        +7
        Right. If you notice in wildlife
        no wheel. So, in the process of evolution, this concept
        failed as effective.
        Legs are more effective in cross and sharpness.
        change of direction. In the future, most likely
        the most advanced mechanisms will become limbs like
        animals or insects, not on wheels.
        1. Albert1988
          Albert1988 30 December 2015 14: 13 New
          +5
          Quote: voyaka uh
          Right. If you notice in wildlife
          no wheel.

          Firstly, there is something similar - many animals (vertebrates - lizards, invertebrates - some caterpillars and millipedes) are able to slide into a roll and roll from an inclined surface.
          As for the movement through legs or stilts, there are already problems with our modern technologies - servos and hydraulics are too energy-consuming and inefficient - artificial muscles must be invented and then voila - many walking structures can be built.
          And by the way - the most energy-efficient stilted mover is the spider's paws - in terms of speed and patency - the spider robot will run fast and move around almost any terrain and soil.
    2. Lt. Air Force stock
      Lt. Air Force stock 30 December 2015 13: 42 New
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      It is a pity that this amazing development will not be used.
      I think civilians will apply it faster.
      For the first time it was possible to simulate and implement in all, all the details
      in iron, the natural movement of tetrapods.
      Stable and accurate.

      Yes, there is no problem in imitating the natural movement of the four-legged. You take a horse or a bull, you attach motion capture sensors to 4 legs (they have long been used in creating video games, when actors fight their movements and then they model the character’s model in the game), then download the data to a similar device and the computer moves the legs of the robot -four same.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 30 December 2015 14: 26 New
        +6
        It seems simple. Sensors on animals Bostonians set
        and read the dynamics. But translating this into software is not so trivial.
        The fact is that sometimes, as it were, the brain controls the foot, and sometimes the foot controls the brain.
        Constant feedbacks.
        Those. the software there is self-learning, very advanced. Not to mention
        about sensors, mechanics, etc. Legs - they rule! fellow

        In general, Gerberg Wells was right: if we are attacked a la Martians, then
        they will have a type of tachanka on spider legs. And if they roll the wheels
        or caterpillar tanks, it’s not super-aliens - but ... space
        scumbags. am
        1. Corsair
          Corsair 30 December 2015 17: 23 New
          0
          Quote: voyaka uh
          In general, Gerberg Wells was right: if we are attacked a la Martians, then
          they will have a type of tachanka on spider legs. And if they roll the wheels
          or caterpillar tanks, it’s not super-aliens - but ... space
          scumbags.

          laughing Any two-legged, four-legged creature is easily removed from a stable position by damaging one leg. Steps and running is a constant fall and catching stability - the principle of walking / running implies this, in contrast to multi-wheeled vehicles. There are enough robots with imitation of the movement of a cockroach spider, but with all its apparent patency and effectiveness of such a solution, the speed of movement of such units is extremely low, and the drives and mechanisms for transmitting power to the limbs are cumbersome.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 30 December 2015 18: 45 New
            +2
            "and the drives and mechanisms for transmitting power forces to the limbs are cumbersome." ///

            Albert1988 answered your doubts.
            The development is already artificial muscles. Based on all
            nano-films, nano-tubes, liquids with injection of other liquids into them
            (effect of the injection of hormones into the blood). When they
            will replace conventional hydraulics and hinges, robots will become more
            "nature-like" and their movement - more efficient.

            "Any two-legged - four-legged creature is easily brought out of a stable position by damaging one leg" ///

            Fair! Therefore, in insects and spiders, in which the longest path of evolution is 6 or 8 legs.
            1. Rumata
              Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 54 New
              +2
              Quote: voyaka uh
              Fair! Therefore, in insects and spiders, in which the longest path of evolution is 6 or 8 legs.

              I will correct it. Many of them practically do not change for hundreds of thousands of years, as they are ideally adapted to their economy, which in principle confirms what you wrote ..
            2. Albert1988
              Albert1988 31 December 2015 12: 59 New
              0
              Quote: voyaka uh
              Fair! Therefore, in insects and spiders, in which the longest path of evolution is 6 or 8 legs.

              In principle, spiders have such a number of legs due to the fact that they can lose a couple during their lives, and the remaining ones should compensate for the loss. Therefore, the higher arthropods and such a number of limbs. Well, for the sake of justice, here it is necessary to take into account some element of chance in evolution - 6 and 8 limbs in them are also due to the fact that the ancestral forms of the limbs had well, a lot - up to 100 pairs! Therefore, during their evolution, the number of limbs, on the contrary, decreased to a certain amount, more or less optimal, according to various criteria.
              Theoretically, if you create a car with a mover in the form of spider legs, then you can completely manage with 4 limbs - with this structure of the legs themselves and their fastening as close to each other and almost in the center of the machine (as close to the center of gravity as possible), in principle mobility and loss of the 1st leg.
              Well and, of course, I did not notice the main advantage of the mover in terms of spider legs - this is almost absolute maneuverability: a spider can easily move in all directions without turning the body, and a machine (which will be much more perfect) can do it even easier and without loss speed.
  11. Humpty
    Humpty 30 December 2015 13: 21 New
    +5
    The donkey with the pedals did not pass the test. Interesting, but what is cheaper cattle in this case worse than a robot. All this reminds the development of a ballpoint pen for space, the pencil is not high-tech.
    1. Conductor
      Conductor 30 December 2015 15: 19 New
      +2
      An "American" pen is needed for space, this confirms that they were bought by the Soviet side, contrary to the widespread myth of using pencils. The fact is that when writing with a pencil, the smallest particles of the lead are released into the air, which can do a lot of trouble to the equipment
  12. Pereira
    Pereira 30 December 2015 13: 22 New
    10
    There is a cheaper alternative, time-tested.
  13. Back in USSR
    Back in USSR 30 December 2015 13: 24 New
    +1
    Well, that's great.
  14. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 30 December 2015 13: 26 New
    +2
    In my opinion it’s easier to make a GMO horse without a head and with a bulletproof skin. Where are these cinema-savvy scholars when they are so needed.)
    1. inpu
      inpu 30 December 2015 14: 27 New
      0
      Quote: chunga-changa
      In my opinion it’s easier to make a GMO horse without a head and with a bulletproof skin. Where are these cinema-savvy scholars when they are so needed.)

      And replace the marines with them
  15. Riv
    Riv 30 December 2015 13: 27 New
    +1
    Another reason was not indicated: when meeting with shy living creatures in the companies of the Marine Corps, diapers consumption sharply increased.
  16. afrikanez
    afrikanez 30 December 2015 13: 30 New
    +1
    In general, it is very interesting how the Marines with such a "cuttlefish" were going to perform the most difficult tasks? In my opinion, this is tantamount to: how to come to the war zone by taxi.
    1. Rumata
      Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 39 New
      +2
      Quote: afrikanez
      In general, it is very interesting how the Marines with such a "cuttlefish" were going to perform the most difficult tasks? In my opinion, this is tantamount to: how to come to the war zone by taxi.

      They refused. It's not the marines who come up with a mule for themselves, this is an independent company trying to find potential buyers.
  17. triglav
    triglav 30 December 2015 13: 33 New
    -1
    This thing only scare children.
  18. dison
    dison 30 December 2015 13: 38 New
    0
    How? We will not see any more videos where this "mule" is kicked ???
  19. gameover_65
    gameover_65 30 December 2015 13: 39 New
    +1
    Yes, for a long time it became clear to everyone why all these miracles are produced and invented.
    USSR did not, with brains tight, that’s where they launch programs that initiate the work of brains in Russia.
    get it from them - we’re streaming, we won’t buy it, it doesn’t work out we will outbid the developers.
    full of examples: Comanche, the lack of new combat helicopters, the refusal to further upgrade the Abrams, Merkava and leopard and the transition to new models, f-35, raptor, new submarines, self-propelled artillery, and so much more! look what we will do !! and all!
    1. tolmachiev51
      tolmachiev51 30 December 2015 13: 51 New
      0
      The USSR sold from 2.0-2.5 thousand patents for inventions !!! , and how much they stole ??? It’s even worse now, just selling for a pittance.
    2. Rumata
      Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 40 New
      0
      Quote: gameover_65
      USSR did not, with brains tight, that’s where they launch programs that initiate the work of brains in Russia.

      What nonsense? Not funny yourself? What is the progress in the civilian sphere over 30 years, all the achievements of the USSR? Circus
  20. private person
    private person 30 December 2015 13: 43 New
    0
    Let the Ukrainians be sold.
  21. Kapralwdw
    Kapralwdw 30 December 2015 13: 45 New
    +1
    It was developed since 2006? Oh nice guys drank dough! laughing
    1. Rumata
      Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 43 New
      +1
      Quote: Kapralwdw
      It was developed since 2006? Oh nice guys drank dough!

      These are technological developments, as with UAVs, and in 10 years you will write "why our authorities did not start financing back then, now there is a lag of n-ts years." Some comments about cutting, but the gap is already 20 years ...

      If they saw grandmothers, then their own, the share of state. funding there is not so high.
  22. tolmachiev51
    tolmachiev51 30 December 2015 13: 48 New
    +2
    The development itself is worthy of attention, the rest is a matter of technology. !!!!
    1. KG_patriot_last
      KG_patriot_last 30 December 2015 14: 03 New
      0
      It’s a mistake of the developers that they didn’t even try to turn off the engine at least at the car level.

      Download mortars / machine guns / provisions / tents / fuel
      and cut forward. And you do not need to do anything except pour gasoline - it is behind you like glued.
  23. pvv113
    pvv113 30 December 2015 13: 53 New
    +2
    Indeed, the sound of the robot unmasks
  24. soroKING
    soroKING 30 December 2015 13: 56 New
    +2
    Quote: DEZINTO
    It makes a noise like it looks - a little eerie.


    like a dung fly buzzing in a box wassat
    1. AlexAl
      AlexAl 30 December 2015 14: 21 New
      0
      (in it the gas engine is replaced by an electric one)

      Now the electric motor rotates the electric generator taking energy from the electric accumulator, thereby supplying the mule with electric energy and recharging the electric accumulator - the Lord’s perpetual motion machine!
      The cycle of electric energy mule in nature !!!
  25. Bulrumeb
    Bulrumeb 30 December 2015 13: 58 New
    +1
    let them give it to Obama as an official means of transportation. To go to the summit of the big seven on this donkey
  26. naGua
    naGua 30 December 2015 14: 05 New
    11
    I don’t quite understand the rather stupid fun of some comrades. The development of this machine is a new milestone in the development of science and technology. Remember what were the first cars, airplanes, tanks, etc. etc .. Then, too, had fun, and nodded over the locomotive draft, not looking into the future. And then what money they invest in robotics, envy takes. Yes, we have a breakthrough of talented people, but you can’t assemble such a machine on your knee. Need funding. And our RosNano, headed by a red line, is only capable of corporate parties, New Year's prizes and cuts. That's where they succeeded! As for the presented model, at the moment it simply amazes with the coordination of movement, the operation of the drives, the balance system, and orientation. Put another engine, more powerful and economical - and not a new weapon, the vehicle that passes there, not a single wheeled vehicle can pass. Anyway, as you think how many such equipment has the potential in the future, it’s breathtaking. And yet, this is only so far such mechanisms have a ridiculous and absurd appearance. But just for now ...
  27. theadenter
    theadenter 30 December 2015 14: 15 New
    -1
    Technically, these robots are very advanced. They can go almost everywhere. Good balance.
    It is logical that they refused this robot: Expensive, difficult to repair, poorly protected, and specialists are needed for their maintenance and management.
    1. 416D
      416D 30 December 2015 14: 26 New
      +3
      "It is logical that this robot was abandoned:"

      Or maybe they didn’t refuse at all, they just let dust in their eyes, and they themselves will refine it quietly. A lot of useful things can be installed on it, including weapons.

      This robot is any step forward in the development of robotics
  28. 416D
    416D 30 December 2015 14: 44 New
    0
    By the way, Putin showed secret types of weapons a couple of months ago. He then said that what he saw was similar to the plots of science fiction films.
    Interestingly, there were similar robots at the show?
  29. glasha3032
    glasha3032 30 December 2015 14: 54 New
    0
    Put a more powerful engine, tracks, book and get a wedge-la a la the beginning of the 30s, a carrier of T-27 shells.
  30. Dimon19661
    Dimon19661 30 December 2015 15: 00 New
    +2
    I don’t understand what’s funny in this development. It will take some time and it will be brought up, and once again we will buy Chinese clones (
  31. Raskolnik
    Raskolnik 30 December 2015 15: 08 New
    -1
    Quote: KG_patriot_last
    And if you didn’t know the horses get tired too, and the robot will cut while there is gasoline.

    Especially in the snowy / rocky mountains an interesting car would be. On the plains, a wheeled conveyor is better.

    The key word is gasoline. Without it, it's just a huge and very expensive pile of iron. And horses they can eat pasture.
  32. INF
    INF 30 December 2015 15: 31 New
    0
    The mule is then without a tower however. Bad mule.
  33. Leia Organa
    Leia Organa 30 December 2015 15: 44 New
    -1
    I read for a long time about this mule, nonsense !! Noisy, clumsy, at most that he can carry a box with cartridges no more!
  34. wicked pinnochio
    wicked pinnochio 30 December 2015 17: 15 New
    0
    Yes, they squandered money immeasurably, compared to take off, they still go to nurseries
    1. Rumata
      Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 45 New
      0
      Quote: Angry Pinnochio
      Yes, they squandered money immeasurably, compared to take off, they still go to nurseries

      Rowed from? From google?
  35. Rumata
    Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 27 New
    +3
    All in a bunch. Boston Dynamics has several projects and this mule was not when it was not the most promising. Everything is built on BigDog, and progress is on the face. It makes less noise, smarter, works longer. The mule is the LS3, its larger version, which has always been noisy like a steam locomotive. Boston Dynamics correctly does what it seeks financing, the Marines correctly do what they return for revision. By the way, there is an even smaller version, which by the way is completely autonomous


    At MIT, they also step on their heels, I like this iron horse

  36. Svetovod
    Svetovod 30 December 2015 18: 28 New
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    Eh ..
    .. in a couple of decades we will remember this time as a bright and joyful before the "matrix" era of people without any androids and other cyborgs fighting for their synthetic rights.
    Whoever works for us will soon live for us.
    1. Rumata
      Rumata 30 December 2015 18: 49 New
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      Quote: Svetovod
      Eh ..
      .. in a couple of decades we will remember this time as a bright and joyful before the "matrix" era of people without any androids and other cyborgs fighting for their synthetic rights.
      Whoever works for us will soon live for us.

      Or for each person there will be 5 robots that will work on farms, in mines, sweep the streets, all 24 hours a day, with a penny cost of an hour of work. All people will receive high benefits, and work will be voluntary =)))))
      1. Saratoga833
        Saratoga833 30 December 2015 21: 16 New
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        The job is not only the ability to swing a sledgehammer or turn a crowbar. A person has reached the top of the food chain not because of muscles, but by the development of the brain! Leave the person without any external protection in the wild and alone - he will soon be eaten by animals. And only thanks to the brain did man become the most dangerous predator.
        1. Rumata
          Rumata 30 December 2015 22: 55 New
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          What does this have to do with my comment? You cannot replace a scientist with a robot, just like an engineer.
  37. gcn
    gcn 30 December 2015 18: 56 New
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    An interesting thing, but why the Marine Corps. We noticed that a lot of experimental innovations are coming to them by the first strike troops (I mean massive landings from the sea and from the air of infantry units)
  38. Saratoga833
    Saratoga833 30 December 2015 21: 35 New
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    Not very long ago, many members of the forum scoffed at D3 printers, they say it is a very expensive toy that has no prospects. Life has shown that this is a breakthrough technology and now few people laugh at these printers. The technique is developing and improving. So it is here. Many scoff at the "huge and expensive pile of iron". Believe that after a while they will be far from laughing when now a clumsy pile of iron will turn into a real and in many respects irreplaceable robot not only in civil engineering, but also in military affairs!
  39. tiheros
    tiheros 31 December 2015 13: 49 New
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    with another engine, you can easily go to Mars and the moon and to any other planet.