SMSS (Squad Mission Support System) robots are on the way to help U.S. troops (video).

You remember the All Terrain Armored Transport from the "Star…

You remember the All Terrain Armored Transport from the “Star Wars” films — those 50-foot tall, four-legged robots.

It was science fiction in 1980; not so much now. The Big Dog is an experimental mechanical “animal,” designed to carry gear for soldiers in combat. The Little Dog is a smaller observation device funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Like the Big Dog, it’s an experimental robot with a potential military application.

The SMSS — Squad Mission Support System — is no experiment. Up and running at Lockheed Missles and
Space in Grand Prairie, it’s ready to be drafted. With a range-finding head to “see” and on-board GPS to tell it where it is, the SMSS can carry more than a half-ton of supplies for soldiers in the field. It has, in essence, its own guidance system.

Source: Byron Harris for KVUE.

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