The Sand Flea is an 11 pound wheeled robot that looks like a toy RC car at first glance, but can propel itself into the air up to 30 feet in order to jump tall building (and other obstacles) in a single bound.
Boston Dynamics, builder of advanced robots with unique abilities, explains, “An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.”
Key things needed for his vision to succeed are reusable rockets, willing (and wealthy) volunteers, and a collaborating government to foot some of the bill. “Some money has to be spent on establishing a base on Mars. It’s about getting the basic fundamentals in place,” Musk said. “That was true of the English colonies [in […]