UAS & Robotics

DARPA awards $10M modification for robot with legs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Boston Dynamics a $10 million contract modification for work on the Legged Squad Support System, reported Washington Technology, a Defense Systems sister publication.

Boston Dynamics will develop an enhanced version of the robot, dubbed LS3, with increased survivability against small arms fire and a quiet power supply for stealth operations.

The system’s goal is to demonstrate that a robot with legs can assist dismounted squad members by carrying their gear, autonomously following them through rugged terrain and interpreting verbal and visual commands.

A typical soldier can sometimes carry more than 100 pounds of gear. The Army identified being physically overburdened as one of its top five science and technology challenges. The LS3 robot will be integrated with a squad of Marines or soldiers to carry up to 400 pounds of the squad’s weight. 

The LS3 prototype completed its first outdoor assessment in January 2012. 

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