Good Boy! RoboDog ‘Fetches’ 3-Ton Plane

May 28, 2019

The world of robotics is filled with innovative wonder, and the Italian Institute of Technology has one of their own: the institution has built a four-legged robot that can pull a 3-ton airplane over ten metres.

The animatronic – called “HyQReal” – managed the feat at Genoa’s airport, and is the latest in a series in development since 2007; the current version has its own independent power supply, wireless communications, and greater energy efficiency.

The android has two onboard computers – one for seeing and the other for control – and the body is made from kevlar, glass fibre and plastic. It’s the size of a desk and weighs 130 kilograms.

Claudio Semini, head of the project, said: “Pulling a plane allowed us to demonstrate the robot’s strength, power-autonomy and the optimised design. We wanted to achieve something that has never been done before, and we succeeded last week.”

HyQReal has multiple features that have yet to be tested – like its ability to recover from a fall – and remains an unfinished product, according to its creators.

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