Military Robotics

Robot Demonstration gets Rave Reviews

Posted 14 Aug 2003 at 03:47 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Down in San Antonio, Texas at the Lackland Air Force Base, the Air Force Brass got to see an impressive military robot demonstration. The robots they saw ranged from rHex (that we've reported about before), a hexapod robot that can climb over rocks, to the palm sized Wall Crawler that has six wheels and can rove on walls or ceilings or on the outside of ships or aircraft for video inspection. The Air Force is looking at these robots for various force-protection applications and the robots received nothing but rave reviews they said. I'd bet it was a fun demonstration to watch!

FYI: Notice in the one article that they kept getting RHEX misspelled as HREX. It that a typo or is it just me? :-) I know, I'm one to talk. :-P

Also, I still don't think rHex climbs walls yet, just rumbles over rocks and swims for now. They did however mention another smaller robot called the Wall Climber that goes on walls, though.

Now that is something to figure out how...., posted 14 Aug 2003 at 14:13 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

The wall crawler's "vortex" system for sticking it to walls would be great on a SUMO-Robot. Has anyone found any info on what they did or how they did it? I wonder what kind of a fan motor, voltage, and current consumption is for that.

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