The US Space Force sending robot dogs to patrol a spaceport might sound like a pitch for an animated series,but it’s not. In a wild, but very much solid reality, robo-dogs are actually being sent to space by the military faction.
US Space Force sends Robot Dogs to space
A statement from the Department of Defense revealed that the youngest branch of the US military will be deploying “quadruped unmanned ground vehicles (Q-UGVs)" from Ghost Robotics. The robot dogs are built by the same company as that which created a robo-dog with a huge rifle on its back.
Whether you call them Q-UGVs or robot dogs, these automatons will automate "damage assessments and patrol" at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The decision will reportedly save some man hours, helping to create a more efficient base.
Right now, we don’t know when the US Space Force will send the robot dogs into space. However, they will be deployed by Space Launch Delta 45, who has been dubbed as “Guardians” of the Space Force in the past.
What makes these space dogs tick?
The report claims that these robot dogs have complex audio and visual communications software. Interestingly enough, the Q-UGVs can move autonomously but can also be controlled by a human controller. Space.com also claims that these guys can respond to voice commands, so you can tell them that they’re good robot dogs, yes they are.
"We will be able to see exactly what the robot dog is detecting through its mobile camera and sensor platform," Air Force major Jordan Criss said. "If desired, we will also be able to issue verbal commands to a person or people through a radio attached to the dogs.”
Here’s hoping that these good space dogs fulfill their mission and get treats afterward. Granted, they’re robots so treats aren’t needed, but it would be nice if they could get something good in return.