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Building A Life-Sized AT-AT: Utter Craziness?


We’ve just started to see some powered exoskeletons, and they are still pretty clunky affairs. So how can we even think about starting to build a real AT-AT? That doesn’t seem to faze the Mike Koehler, the man behind AT-AT for America – a campaign to build a fully-functional full-size AT-AT.

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Even building robots that can walk using four legs is complicated, let alone a 75-foot high monster that can carry over a ton. The trick I think is to try and make defense contractors try and build a replacement for a tank that can walk.

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An AT-AT can move up to 40mph, carry 40 stormtroopers, and on top of that, an extra ton of cargo. It’s going to take a while, but if it ever does come out, it will reign the battlefield. Honestly, I think it’s just too large and unwieldy. We’ll probably see exoskeletons in the field for soldiers way before this, but I could be wrong. Mike is working on a Kickstarter page to raise funds for the build, but for now go here if you want to get involved or make a donation.

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Comments (4):

  1. Ragnogroth says:

    It wouldn’t reign the battlefield :) The legs will be a very good thing blow up first.
    A very powerful IED, a hellfire or another kind of explosives would take it down instantly.

    • shiftycat says:

      also, a harpoon and tow cable?

      • Ragnogroth says:

        Good luck with that :D The harpoon will just hit it and fall to the ground because of the armor. You need like.. A railgun! Shooting a steelrod attached to a thick nanotube.

        • Greenaum says:

          It’s a reference to Star Wars! The ships flew round it’s legs with a cable, which tangled the AT-AT and it collapsed!

          I think there’s a basic problem here. It’s a kewl toy but not a serious military weapon. The military spend billions on development, if they’d wanted AT-ATs they’d have George Lucas tied up somewhere now. It might be nice to make on the cheap, for fun, but it’s never gonna make it as a proper battlefield toy.

          That said, even for fun is asking a lot. Perhaps scale it down by a factor of 5 or 10, so you can ride on it’s back.

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