posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 05:43 PM
Have a look at this - the thing is ALIVE
Great. Someone spent a gazillion dollars modeling a drunken horse.
It's a robot mule for the infantry, decribed here.
Poor Infantry. Poor Mule.
I don't know which will look more pathetic in a 'Please shoot me, I'm with stupid ->' tee shirt.
If it cannot lope it is worthless. Loping means the ability to ungulate spinal motion (slinky with lateral/rotational hip twist). This is somewhere
between a prance and a canter, at best (no knee lift ground clearance on an overall silouhette that could never 'heel' to reduce signature).
Simple fact is that they want to make something that compliments man as the most incapable asset on the battlefield. And so they scale their
expectations towards something 'recognizable but not threatening' and get performance to match.
The REAL sadness being that they don't 'invent' a _wheeled_ vehicle to replace man in the places both can go. Since we don't like in the so
called '90th percentile' of inaccessible terrain either. And that very laziness channelizes us to specific threat lanes and engagement modes for
which no amount of walks-like-a-weeble replacement will do any better (because the actuator+stabs cost of animatronic type walkers is going to always
be greater than for simple wheeled UUV. Even as the performance will be less.).
And anyone that read _Fahrenheit 451_, THIRTY YEARS AGO! Would know the difference.