By ROBERT KLEINER — July 07, 2018 09:59:11 DARPA is trying out robots that can do the heavy lifting for the U.S. military, and the military is now using them.
The first robot in the competition, called the RAVEN, is a little robot with four arms that can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour.
The RAVENS were designed by DARPA in collaboration with the Army’s Research Laboratory for Robotics and Automation.
DARPA, in a news release on Tuesday, said the robot has “excellent mobility, is able to lift and haul heavy objects weighing more than 4 tons, and is able be controlled by a remote controller with a range of up to 300 miles.”
It’s the latest in a string of DARPA robotics challenges for robots that are looking to do the grunt work for troops, not just for combat.
DARPS robotics chief Rob Schmitt said earlier this month that he thinks the Army will be looking for robotic weapons for its future warfighters in the next few years.
“I think the Army has already demonstrated that they can use this to fight a very dangerous enemy and I think they can apply this to other problems as well,” he said.
“And we have seen a lot of success, so I think it’s a great thing.”
The Army’s Robotics Challenge is a competition to test and develop new robot technologies, as well as to teach robots to perform basic tasks such as picking up and dropping things.
DARPs Robotics Challenge awards $1 million to students who can show they can build robots that meet specific requirements.
DARP also has awarded $1.5 million in prize money to students that can demonstrate their skills in robot construction and use.
DARPA is also looking to partner with universities and companies to help develop robots that could be used in future warfare, including the UAV-2, a drone that can fly in the air and can detect and target objects in the environment.
DARPMs director of robotics, Matthew Smith, said in a statement that the military has been working on a number of projects with universities in order to develop new and improved robots that would be more effective in the future.
“These robotic projects will help develop and test new ways to help protect the U.” from future threats and help our nation’s troops stay well-equipped for the future,” Smith said.
This year, DARPA announced the winners of its first Robotics Challenge, in which teams of students from colleges across the country competed to build a robot that could climb a wall.
Students also created a robot for the first time that can be used as a weapon, and DARPA said it has a project in the works that could create a robot to fire artillery shells into a target, which could be a new weapon in the conflict with North Korea.
For the DARPM competition, teams worked on robots that use magnetic motors to move objects around.
They built two robots that were able to navigate a 2,000-foot-high (600 meters) wall.