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DARPAtv: ALASA Concept Video

DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) seeks to propel 100-pound satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO) within 24 hours of call-up, all for less than $1 million per launch. The current ALASA design envisions launching a low-cost, expendable launch vehicle from conventional aircraft. Serving as a reusable first stage, the plane would fly …

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DARPAtv: ATLAS Gets an Upgrade

DARPA revealed upgrades to its Atlas robot on January 20, 2015. The robot was redesigned for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, with the goal of improving power efficiency to better support battery operation. Approximately 75 percent of the robot was rebuilt; only the lower legs and feet were carried over from the original design. The upgraded …

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MIT Robotic Cheetah

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In …

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Arizona State University: Jetpack helps soldiers run faster

What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That’s the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, Jason Kerestes is the mastermind behind 4MM. He built a prototype of …

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DARPA: A Breakthrough in Upper-Limb Prosthetics

Mr. Fred Downs performs household tasks while wearing the DEKA Arm System. The system was developed by DEKA Integrated Solutions for DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. On May 9, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the system for commercialization.  

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013 Trials Broadcasted

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is a prize competition funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Held from 2012 to 2014, it aims to develop semi-autonomous ground robots that can do “complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.” The DRC Trials occurred on December 20 and 21, 2013 in Florida. During the trials the robots were still …

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Boston Dynamics: Meet ATLAS!

The robot ATLAS was developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. The company behind many advance and remarkable robotic achievements in the recent years, robots such as the so called Big Dog and Petman. The software-focused teams from Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge will use the robot to compete in the first …

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PW Singer: Military robots and the future of war

War by itself pose ethical dilemmas and using robots in war, even more so. However, robotics in war is a reality and will likely become an ever greater part in the future.  In this talk, TED presents PW singer who outlines the use of robots in war. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in …

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