Posted by: bluesyemre | February 9, 2020

The #HyQReal quadruped #robot dog pulling a 3 ton airplane

Watching a four-legged robot walk on its own is pretty cool. But you know what’s cooler? Watching a four-legged robot walk on its own while pulling a passenger plane. This is not Cheetah 3 by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) or not the Spot robot dog or Spotmini by Boston Dynamics. It is The HyQReal quadruped robot. The Dynamic Systems Lab (DSL) at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) has been developing hydraulically powered quadruped robots for more than a decade, all designed to help humans in disaster response, agriculture, decommissioning, and inspection efforts. Now the team has unveiled the HyQReal—it’s most rugged, reliable, and energy-efficient bot yet. Last week, the IIT researchers debuted the HyQReal at Montreal’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation by showing a video of the bot lugging along a Piaggio P180 Avanti aircraft for more than 30 feet. Here’s the legitimately gripping clip of the HyQReal in action. The HyQReal quadruped robot is big, powerful, rugged, and capable of walking off with your Piaggio Avanti Yep, that’s about a 4-foot-long, 3-foot-tall, 286-pound robot pulling the 3.3-ton Avanti—a nine-passenger Italian executive transport with a 46-foot wingspan. Credit the four hydraulic pumps that power the bot’s front and hind legs, which DSL developed with Moog Inc.; it’s custom-made, special-rubber feet designed to handle high traction; and especially the maximum joint torque (a peak of 225 Nm) needed to—once again—pull a friggin’ plane. The HyQReal may not be hauling a heavy-duty plane every time out, but the fact that it can—at least for a few minutes, if not longer, thanks to the bot’s 2-hour battery life—only means big things for the future of employing robots in emergency situations.


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