DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

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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


thomaskingclark says:

A I Robots com, Aerospace Prototypes com & Military Prototypes com, I am looking for others to develop them.

david kennedy says:

Celebrate humanity's extinction it's about d*** time

Anon ymous says:

if this was 5 years ago u can bet this thing already has miniguns and rocket launchers mounted on it

Ball Eight says:

Building life, its so easy. You ppl think as ppl. You think 2 mutch.

麗斗 says:


ron gerard valero says:

Cheetah the partner of Atlas, "The Terminators" :))

Maria Soleada says:

Those robots need to be powered by something that even advanced batteries can't pull off. And if they intend to use these monstrosities in the battlefielf TO KILL HUMAN BEINGS or on us then please Stop Developing your robotmonsters immediately

reeglyson escabal says:

Wow! Im so proud of my race. The human race!

Daniel Ichbiah says:

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Jake Lonergan says:

Fox…DIE !

chadice01 says:

hahaha DARPA CHEAP so basicaly the robot just jump back foot then front foot but dont RUN at all !!! on street he could barely walk and you call that a SPEED RECORD ???
oki let set the speed to 100mph I can stand still and jump and claim I am runing at 100 mph second even if i am not even jumping forward …. this is a fake joke.

Matheus Lopes says:

Who else thought of DARPA Chief?

carlos quijano says:

darpa experimenta con franquicias en humanos el cerebro como? con ships ondas sabes lo que en el sueño tu haces ,los que tienes en el subconciente ,y te ponen test todos los dias mientras duermes ,si eres ladron ,mentiroso ,tensencias asesinas ,se preocupan mas por lo malo que lo bueno ,no te dejan descansar el cerebro y puedes tener migrañas tarde o temprano ,juegan con tus emociones y te sigue un grupo permanentemente donde estas ?que haces en la vida real.
DARPA franchising experience in human brain like? with ships waves you know what the dream you do, those who have in the subconscious, and put you test every day while you sleep, if you're a thief, liar, murderous tendencies, is more concerned about the bad than good, do not let rest the brain and can eventually have migraines, play with your emotions and you follow a group permanently where are you? you do in real life.

Rick Sky says:

Cool for now until there's hundreds of these fighting our wars and upping our collateral damage score.

Floridafanatic28 says:

Not impressive!  Boston Dynamics has one that goes 28 mph.

John Gaffney says:

billions of dollars every year and this is the best they can do.  Please make something useful DARPA

Ross M. Tyrrell says:


Ross M. Tyrrell says:

Lack Of Trust made This Planet's Fate SEALED.

Ross M. Tyrrell says:

I am So Glad I will be Long Gone by the time BioCyborgs take over.

Ross M. Tyrrell says:

This Is The Beginning of The End of Humanity.

Darkstar8473 says:

It's DARPA they have unlimited funding so yeah totally expected … the entire DOD as well and this is all they can come up with? Or are they totally not showing is the really good stuff? And if you say no they don't have unlimited funding they I say who bought that $50K hammer …. ????? queue up spooky conspiracy music. 

Edgar Sanchez says:

So cool so smart guys way cool
thanks for your work

YTLulztheatre2 says:

Now just imagine that thing with some knife-like spurs on it's appendages…

RONSTAR08 says:

Can't wait till our government use these on us.


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jacob kudrowich says:

Nightmare fuel

Nickolay Tololin says:

Еслиб я такое увидел. Я бы обосрался наверное.

Proloco47chev says:

now make some big ass spiders to scare the fuck out of whichever country we invade next month.

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