DARPA Cheetah Robot Sets New Speed Record

According to scientists the DARPA Cheetah robot which was created by Pentagon’s main research

agency is fastest-ever land robot, which can gallop at a speed of 18 miles (29 kilometers) per hour. The DARPA Cheetah robot looks about the size of a small dog and is shown running on a treadmill in pictures and video released Monday by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As reported (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ) DARPA Cheetah robot dash has set a new land speed record for legged robots, besting the previous holder of 13.1 mph (21 kph) set in 1989. The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does. The current version of the DARPA Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year. The robot was created with the help of Boston Dynamics in Waltham, Massachusetts as part of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program which seeks to advance robotic technology. Developers are keeping their fingers crossed that with further research and development, the robot will be able to hit speeds of up to 70 mph (130 kph) one day down the road. Fore more information watch video below.



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