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NASA JSC Unveils 'Valkyrie' DRC Robot - IEEE Spectrum

NASA JSC Unveils 'Valkyrie' DRC Robot - IEEE Spectrum | Military | Scoop.it
NASA's DARPA Robotics Challenge entry is much more than Robonaut with legs: it's a completely new humanoid robot

 

When teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) were announced last year, almost all of them provided reasonably detailed renderings that gave us a good idea of the robots that they were working on.

 

Valkyrie (officially designated "R5" by NASA) is a 1.9 meter tall, 125 kilogram, 44 degree of freedom, battery-powered humanoid robot. A team from NASA's JSC in Houston, in partnership with the University of Texas and Texas A&M and with funding from the state of Texas itself, built the robot for the DRC, which will hold a preliminary competition later this month. JSC is a Track A team in the DRC; along with five other Track A teams with their own robots, JSC will be competing against Track B and C teams, each one of which will have an ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics. In addition, Track D teams (which have no DARPA funding) will be entering their own robots.

 

The challenge created by DARPA involves tasks like walking over uneven terrain, climbing a ladder, using tools, and driving. This means that Valkyrie has to be capable of operating in the same spaces that a person would operate in, under the control of humans who have only minimal training with robots, which is why the robot's design is based on a human form. The overall goal of the DRC is to help drive innovation towards robots that are able to take over from humans directly, without needing any special accommodations. In that context, a human form makes sense because we're humans, and these robots will be doing the jobs that we don't want to be doing because they're too dangerous.

 

To that end, Valkyrie has seven degree of freedom arms with actuated wrists and hands, each with three fingers and a thumb. It has a head that can tilt and swivel, a waist that can rotate, and six degree of freedom legs complete with feet equipped with six-axis force-torque sensors. Unlike the ATLAS robots, Valkyrie is battery powered and operates without a tether. A removable battery in its backpack is good for about an hour of activity, and a human can swap in a fresh battery for a spent one in a matter of minutes. Also removable are Valkyrie's limbs: in just a few more minutes, a damaged arm can be swapped out for a new one, and the left arm can even be swapped with the right arm, since they're identical in construction. Things are bound to go wrong during the DRC, and the ease with which Valkyrie can be fixed is a potentially significant advantage.


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10 Cold War Weapons That Terrified US Military Intelligence - Gizmodo

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10 Cold War Weapons That Terrified US Military Intelligence
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When US-Soviet relationships were at their frostiest in the 1980s, there was no telling what sort of exotic threat was about to come roaring through Russia's Iron Curtain.

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US Military Has Grounds To Arrest Obama The Free Patriot

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http://t.co/GFxicm7oQB オバマ 逮捕なり
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EMERGENCY ALERT: Soldiers Warn of Coming Gun Confiscation and War Against Patriots

Alex Jones Highlights three instances and numerous articles in the last year and half where soldiers have contacted The Alex Jones Show to warn of Army litmu... (The Military ARE PREPARING FOR FORCEABLE GUN CONFISCATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY!
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'Large' military operation in Mali

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French, Malian and UN forces have launched a "large-scale" operation in Mali to prevent a resurgence of "terrorist movements", France's military says.

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French, Malian and UN forces have launched a "large-scale" operation in Mali to prevent a resurgence of "terrorist movements", France's military says.

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Combat Identification in Cyberspace | Small Wars Journal

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Thinking Differently: Unlocking the Human Domain in Support of the 21st Century Intel

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BREAKING: Navy Seal Claims Top Brass Asked if They Will Disarm Americans [Video] The Free Patriot

BREAKING: Navy Seal Claims Top Brass Asked if They Will Disarm Americans [Video] The Free Patriot | Military | Scoop.it

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Norwegian army goes vegetarian… to fight global warming

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Norway’s military is taking drastic steps to ramp up its war against global warming. The Scandinavian country announced its soldiers would be put on a vegetarian diet once a week to reduce the milit (Hmm..


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Breaking: Obama Readies Military for Domestic Gun Confiscation

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Infowars.com | Army's litmus tests gauges whether soldiers will fire on American citizens or engage in gun confiscation.
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Military Training Document: Anti-Christian SPLC a Trusted Source to Define 'Extremism'

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For months, the Obama-Hagel Pentagon has promised that reports of military trainers teaching troops that traditional Christian groups are extremists akin to terrorists were isolated incidents by rogue instructors.
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"Kicking the Tiger"

How long will the US military tolerate the abuse that Washington DC heaps upon them? (RT @WildBillusa: How long will the military put up with abuse from Washington DC?
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Naval op sinks suspected pirates

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The Combined Maritime Force, under British command, catches pirates believed to have been responsible for two attacks off the Somali coast.

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Gun battles renew in Lebanon's Tripoli

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One child killed and several wounded as clashes renew between Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods.

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REAL-STEEL: Phantom Badger Combat Support Vehicle For Special Forces - Boeing - ARMYRECO on YT

Boeing [NYSE: BA] is highlighting a diverse warfighting equipment portfolio -- including an advanced high-performance tactical vehicle Phantom Badger (Read m...

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"Its a game changer..."  REALLY?

 

Even though we DIG these new "internally-carry capable" vehicles, we're wondering with NASCAR-engineering-level support, and the sales pitches we're seeing....are we going BACKWARDS and making this too complex?  My 1998 Jeep TJ can do most of this, and with a simple refit for a diesel engine...and reworking the rear end...you could have a far-more capable vehicle for way, WAY less money!