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DARPA Demonstrates Robot 'Pack Mules'
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HLG,
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9/14/2012 | 12:12:17 AM
re: DARPA Demonstrates Robot 'Pack Mules'
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9/12/2012 | 1:00:33 AM
re: DARPA Demonstrates Robot 'Pack Mules'
I'd rather put my money on an unmanned Kaman K-MAX synchropter that can lift a one-ton slung load and deliver it to a destination at over 60 mph.
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9/11/2012 | 8:49:49 PM
re: DARPA Demonstrates Robot 'Pack Mules'
How many millions did this thing cost taxpayers? We can't beat the Taliban who by the way use old fashoned donkeys. I suspect a real Donkey would destroy this lame creation [Mule] in actual use.Hmm lets se who can make it up this steep slope full of loose rocks and bolders. Makes me just want to cringe when the military whines about not having enough funding to protect us
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9/11/2012 | 8:14:20 PM
re: DARPA Demonstrates Robot 'Pack Mules'
Before being field tested in combat theater operations this equipment will need to be tested against a team of the most intellect soldiers who have been briefed on the system so they can surmise its vulnerabilities. The last things soldiers need is for an enemy combatant to call the robot to deliver the squads equipment to the enemy or for the robot to stall out if the soldier(s) it is following are killed because real soldiers die in real combat, but not the whole company as a rule.

I can't imagine any soldier though who would not cheerfully let a robot carry its spare gear, its own fuel. camping gear, spare ammunition, excess water rations, and extra days of food plus personal gear. Unfortunately the equipment might expand to be a challenge for both soldier and robot. As computers got faster computer programs got less efficient and more complex, which is not a desirable thing on a muddy battlefield or in a sandstorm.

What would probably make the most difference is actually following the NASA approach of lighter, especially for ammunition and grenades. There is no intrinsic reason why the ammunition itself cannot be a force multiplier. Where are the smaller, explosive laden bullets that don't need a heavy casing, but instead explode upon impact with a target and use a solid state fuel instead of gunpowder?


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