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U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

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According to a statement from the Department of Defense, Space Launch Delta 45 will use the robot dogs for "damage assessments and patrol to save significant man-hours."

Credit: Senior Airman Samuel Becker/U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force held a demonstration of dog-like quadruped unmanned ground vehicles (Q-UGVs) for patrols at Cape Canaveral.

The demo involved at least two Vision 60 Q-UGVs from Ghost Robotics, and the U.S. Department of Defense said the Space Launch Delta 45 unit responsible for all space launch operations from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral will use the robot dogs for "damage assessments and patrol."

The robots are capable of autonomous, human-controlled, and voice-controlled operation.

They also can function as miniaturized communications nodes, carrying antennas to extend networks outside existing infrastructure or in locations lacking infrastructure.

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