Created a robot cat that always lands on all four wheelsOctober 26, 2020
The military and rescue services are increasingly using robots. As it turned out, the easiest way to throw such a mechanism into the epicenter of events is from the air. For a long time, engineers have puzzled over how to make the device land safely. It looks like a working solution has already been found.
It takes much less time to transport the robot to remote areas by air than it does by land. In addition, there are situations when there is simply no way to get to the right place in the usual way. Previously, I had to deal with equipment failure due to an incorrect landing. A robot called AGRO, developed by engineers at the US Military Academy at West Point, solves the problem of a safe landing once and for all.
Each wheel of the robot moves independently, having its own electric motor. This improves the maneuverability and mobility of the device. During the release, the inertial block fixes the fall, triggering a special mechanism that allows each wheel to rotate at different angles and speeds. This creates torque, which ultimately leads to a landing on all four wheels, much like cats always land on their feet.
The movable structure allows AGRO to absorb the force of impact, and the robot starts work immediately after landing. The engineering team does not plan to stop there, intending to make the mechanism even more perfect in the future.
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