The MeRLIn effort investigates quadruped locomotion on the 5-10 kg scale. Quadrupeds are capable of navigating terrain too challenging for wheeled or tracked platforms, and can perform future dynamic running, jumping, and climbing operations. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) envisions quadruped robots that can be easily carried and deployed from a backpack. To meet this form factor and power density, NRL uses advanced technologies including additive manufacturing to construct custom high-pressure hydraulic manifold that also serves as the robot's structure.
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