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Will we use giant robots in the military? The likelihood of the US military making use of well-functioning giant robots is higher than you’d think. In fact, the military has successfully used several different types of robots for years. Drones like the MQ-9 Reaper supplement our air fleets and hunt down targets. Robots like the QinetiQ TALON aid in surveillance, bomb defusing and item retrieval. There is so much interest in improving robotics that the US government has invested heavily in robotics companies like Boston Dynamics to build military-grade robots that can actually walk. So how close are we ...
The age of giant, fighting robots is here. At least, that was the premise for the Giant Robot Duel between MegaBots, Inc. (Team USA) and Suidobashi Heavy Industry (Team Japan), which took place in Japan and started streaming online in October 2017. The long-awaited contest ended in a display reminiscent of BattleBots with fireworks, sparks and chainsaws galore. Unfortunately, the duel’s reception was mixed, with many viewers left disappointed and even bored due to the robots’ limitations. Though appearing humanoid, MegaBots’ Eagle Prime and Suidobashi’s Kuratas both required tracks or wheels to maneuver and didn’t show the agility or ...
North Korea’s newest nuclear missile, the Hwasong-15, is now able to reach the continental United States. The global community has condemned missile testing, and President Trump has stated that North Korea will be met with “fire and fury” should the country threaten the US. And the situation only continues to escalate as Trump and Kim Jong Un trade barbs over the size of their nuclear launch buttons. As expected, many of our friends and family members (along with everyone else) have started to worry about the prospect of nuclear war. But we can ease our worries a little if ...
Simply Estimating Air Force One Do you remember a story from late 2016 that dealt with cost estimation, Air Force One and then President-Elect Donald Trump? At the time it appeared in Americans’ Twitter feeds, the tweet below caused a lot more confusion than it should have. Situations like this always pique the interest of PRICE staff because we understand how cost estimation affects the success of projects like the new Air Force One and why it’s important to use accurate and robust estimating software. Let’s talk about the repercussions of this controversial message and clear up misconceptions you might ...
For those reading from my last post, let’s say you wanted to use one of our templates to model your own project. The project in question is an aircraft in the development phase and you know nothing except for its overall desired weight and its intended max speed is Mach 3. Let’s search in the PRICE server: After entering the “aircraft” category, you will see a wide assortment of aircraft related projects. Since we are trying to estimate a supersonic aircraft, click the “Aircraft Template 881C” project. The project was constructed based on our research of supersonic fighter aircraft, which ...
The 881C templates have been desired heavily by PRICE users long before PRICE even knew who I was. Now that I’m here, have a year under my belt, and have the template number approaching the century mark, I think it’s time I updated everyone on what’s going on and the plan moving forward. First off, let’s take a minute to fill everyone in. The PRICE templates are based on the widely used MIL STD 881C product breakdown structures. In other words, these templates are projects that the cost research team made in TruePlanning® to model helicopters, fighter jets, battleships, tanks, ...