WildCat - the fastest quadruped robot on Earth. It runs 32 km/h while maneuvering and maintaining its balance. WildCat uses a galloping gait much like a dog or horse and leans into turns in order to maintain traction and balance.
WildCat is powered by a methanol burning engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system ( ;and makes a whale of a noise.) ; The robot uses a variety of gaits, including trotting, bounding, and galloping to maintain its balance while running and maneuvering over relatively flat terrain. The on-board computer uses dynamic control algorithms and a variety of sensors (IMU, ground contract, proprioception, visual odometry) to control and stabilize the running motion. It uses a set of laser range finders to accurately measure the robot’s height and attitude above the ground.
WildCat development was funded by DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program.
Height - 1.17 m, weight - 154 kg, perception - terrain scanning laser, joints - 14.
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