DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, 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 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.

While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications.

The DARPA M3 performer for Cheetah is Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Mass. Read more about DARPA’s M3 program at http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/DSO/Programs/Maximum_Mobility_and_Manipulation_%28M3%29.aspx

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24 responses to “DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots”

  1. sokseb Avatar

    Cheetas legs are …
    Cheetas legs are three parts and placed in opposite directions, this could? be running either way with that in mind.

  2. SirKnightErrant Avatar

    We? neeeeed these …
    We? neeeeed these robots. Very important to our plan to take over your life.

  3. ThisIsMrNeil Avatar

    Who the hell? …
    Who the hell? thinks this is running forward? And why?

  4. iced4life3 Avatar

    No? it is running …
    No? it is running forward.

  5. iced4life3 Avatar

    It is running? …
    It is running? forward.

  6. Illumirage Avatar

    You’re retarded.?
    You’re retarded.?

  7. Illumirage Avatar

    What do? those cost …
    What do? those cost like 12 billion dollars a piece, only to get blown up by some cheap IED. Awesome…

  8. Agora2021 Avatar

    It looks …
    It looks hilarious at? first, then it gets increasingly frightening.

  9. raitekis Avatar

    Pretty sure …
    Pretty sure whichever way the guns/knives/lasers/human killing devices will be? oriented counts as “forward.” lol

  10. blackmamba2868 Avatar

    no its running …
    no its running backwards… the hinges are reversed….

  11. SteelCityDucati Avatar

    It is running? …
    It is running? forward..

  12. jonobonu Avatar

    please like? the …
    please like? the comment below so people can see

  13. jonobonu Avatar

    it is running …
    it is running forward ,? its head would be a the left because it is running to the left

  14. suwarow54 Avatar

    Because with wheels …
    Because with wheels you can’t just pass any terrain you want. Mimicking limbs is very productive in a sense that let’s say robotics can withstand more and lift more weight, so imagine a group of researchers trying to build a base on a mountain. This one called cheetah or the big dog would prove to be very useful since it could carry heavy materials required to construct something – up the mountain!
    Without the help of? such machinery, it would require many people to do so.

  15. mtarek16 Avatar

    Serious? question …
    Serious? question btw.

  16. mtarek16 Avatar

    Question, what’s …
    Question, what’s the point? of mimicking limbs when wheels would have been much easier/faster ?

  17. hudi124 Avatar

    PS.? Obama …
    PS.? Obama accumulated more debt than bush did in half the time.

  18. hudi124 Avatar

    Dude, I never said …
    Dude, I never said I supported the War, or america’s foreign policy for that matter, what i said was America did not ‘lose’ to Al Qaeda. The advent of the Predator drone completely changed the game, tactically speaking, and its the reason you? always hear about high ranking Al-Qaeda members being taken out. As well, Health and Welfare make up 32% of America’s budget, while defense (which includes beneficial research programs) is 22%

  19. nilbud Avatar

    That’s a lie. Next …
    That’s a lie. Next time don’t get your “facts” from FOX. Haliburton moved it’s HQ out of the US 1 year before Bush left power and they took all? the money with them. Never before have war profiteers been allowed to take the profits out of the economy. Keep waving that flag though, it’s so pretty.

  20. hudi124 Avatar

    Also, I don’t know …
    Also, I don’t know where? you got the ludicrous notion that Islamic terrorists are all “a bunch of farmers”. They seem more like an organized, well armed terrorist cell to me.

  21. hudi124 Avatar

    The war in …
    The war in Afghanistan had very little to do with America’s National Debt, as you claim. Most of America’s debt comes from funding the massive social programs medicare and medicaid. Moreover, America did not get it’s “asses handed to it” in Afghanistan, Last I checked the Taliban are no longer in control in Afghanistan, and what’s left? of Al Queda is running scared. True, the current Afghan government is corrupt as hell, but thats hardly the american’s fault.

  22. emceefocus Avatar

    i would hate to? …
    i would hate to? have this thing chasing after me

  23. nilbud Avatar

    Yeah so a bunch of …
    Yeah so a bunch of farmers in Afghanistan haven’t handed you your and bankrupted your empire, that’s just leeeberal propaganda.? You ape.

  24. x0acake Avatar

    ARPANET, the core …
    ARPANET, the core network upon which a set of other networks were based on to make the internet, was also funded by DARPA, for use by its research laboratories (the development of which was undoubtedly seen as beneficial for military developments). Similarly, it’s unlikely that developments and research in robotics such as this will be used purely for military uses.? I’d gladly call for a 50% cut in detrimental military spending, perhaps reallocate funds in favor of these types of programs.

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