Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Boston Dynamics Gets $10 Million from DARPA for New Stealthy, Bulletproof LS3
From IEEE:

DARPA is very specific about what they want to see in the next-gen LS3, namely:
…the development of an enhanced version of the LS3 system with increased reliability and usability, enhanced survivability against small arms fire and a quiet power supply to support stealthy tactical operations.
It’s no surprise that quiet power supply is on that list, since LS3’s gas-powered hydraulic pump sounds like a swarm of angry bees, if the bees were the size of domestic cats. However, finding a power supply that can keep LS3 running all day isn’t going to be easy; it’s very hard to match the power density (and general availability) of liquid fuel. One option might be to turn LS3 into a hybrid, giving it a sort of temporary on-demand “stealth mode.”

[read more] [Boston Dynamics] [Defense.gov]

Boston Dynamics Gets $10 Million from DARPA for New Stealthy, Bulletproof LS3

From IEEE:

DARPA is very specific about what they want to see in the next-gen LS3, namely:

…the development of an enhanced version of the LS3 system with increased reliability and usability, enhanced survivability against small arms fire and a quiet power supply to support stealthy tactical operations.

It’s no surprise that quiet power supply is on that list, since LS3’s gas-powered hydraulic pump sounds like a swarm of angry bees, if the bees were the size of domestic cats. However, finding a power supply that can keep LS3 running all day isn’t going to be easy; it’s very hard to match the power density (and general availability) of liquid fuel. One option might be to turn LS3 into a hybrid, giving it a sort of temporary on-demand “stealth mode.”

[read more[Boston Dynamics] [Defense.gov]

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