Giant insect rover works for us

ATHLETE, or the All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra Terrestrial Explorer, looks pretty cool. This Hexapod is actually a pair of 3 legged robots that have joined together to haul some cargo off the top of stationary module. While this time-lapse shows it going pretty slowly, you get a hint at the end that it isn’t required to be quite so lethargic. One of the really cool things about this robot is the fact that the legs are multi purpose. It has a “tool belt” from which it can pull different attachments for its feet. There are many more videos available on their site.

[via BotJunkie]


  1. Marc says:

    haha very nice video

  2. anon9573 says:

    One step closer to having a prototype Tachikoma. Now who’s working on that AI?

  3. Jesse says:

    nice! The wheels on the ends of the feet remind me of the Tachikoma/Fuchikoma from Ghost in the Shell.

  4. smurph says:

    Looking at the speed of cloud movement relative to apprent robot speed, it would appear that the time lapse isn’t of uniform speed. I’m pretty sure the faster bits at the end are simply sped up more than the rest.
    Correct me if I’m being thick here of course.

  5. Brad Hein says:

    OMG The robots will be running Mars before we get there. They are going to destroy us and blow Earth to smitherines. ahhhhhhhhhhh!

  6. chango says:

    I hope they don’t have snowspeeders on Mars.

  7. M4CGYV3R says:

    @anon9573 Without the special Natural Oil it’s just pointless.

  8. Ren says:

    Hopefully a wheel won’t lock up like on a Mars rover, but at least it would be able to use it as a leg if that happens.

  9. Nemo says:


  10. Shadyman says:

    @Brad Hein: We’re only doomed if we ship them an Intergalactic Space Modulator.

  11. Mike says:

    Huh, never seen clouds move forwards and backwards before. Must be some new phenomena

  12. Holger says:


  13. Alex says:

    - Moon Base to Houston, Moon Base to Houston…
    – Houston here. Go ahead Moon Base.
    – How to say that.. hugh… That six legged insect robot that we deployed yesterday? Well it fell on its side… Copy.
    – Copy that Moon Base.
    – What do we do? Copy.
    – Have you tried using the girafe-shaped robot to lift it? Copy.

  14. Mad sientist says:

    shouldnt that be over instead of copy? except in “copy that moon base”

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