Unmanned vehicular robot fuels itself Answered
03.05.09 -- In all the futuristic visions of robotic technology, there's always one buzzkill that brings them back to reality: the power source. How do you keep robots rolling smoothly? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding the development of a robot that may have the answer to this.
According to company president Dr. Robert Finkelstein, Robotic Technology, Inc. of Potomac, Md., is developing the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR), an unmanned vehicle robot designed to collect biomass leaves, wood, grass, anything combustible and use it through burning to fuel itself.
"The idea is to have a robotic ground vehicle that can go out on long-range, long-endurance missions without human intervention," says Finkelstein, describing it as the ground equivalent of long-range unmanned air vehicles. The EATR will be able to retrieve items of interest as well, or act as a weapons platform....In addition to its military applications, Finkelstein also envisions other applications, such as border patrol or agricultural work.
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