Monday, June 25, 2018

DARPA Has Literally Reinvented The Wheel

From Task & Purpose, June 23:
Glorious news for all privates who’ve ever had to haul a Humvee out of a mud-filled ditch: A brand new wheel designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’ (DARPA) could make the pain of rough terrain a thing of the past. As part of the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program to boot the survivability and mobility of Army combat vehicles, DARPA researchers whipped up high-tech Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (RWT) upgrades that “transition from a round wheel to a triangular track and back again while the vehicle is on the move” — in short, allowing Humvees to transform into tracked vehicles on the fly.
“For mobility, we’ve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.” DARPA GXV-T head Maj. Amber Walker said in a June 22 release on the program’s most recent demonstrations. “We look forward to working with the services to transition these technologies into ground vehicle technologies of the future.”...