The mule-like Legged Squad Support System was developed by the military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA provided images of the beast on Sept. 12, 2012, showing the robot being tested on rough terrain. The robot, known as LS3, is intended to demonstrate that a highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot can carry 400 pounds of a military squad's load, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way, similar to a trained animal and its handler, according to DARPA. The LS3 program goal is to develop a robot that will go through the same terrain the squad goes through without hindering the mission. The robot could also serve as a mobile auxiliary power source.
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