Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Giant, Post-Apocalyptic "Rescue" Robot

I found this gem in a gallery of vintage robots featured in Popular Science. 
This robot, called "The Beetle" weighed 170,000 pounds and cost $1.5 Million in 1962.  It was originally designed as a "mechanic's suit" for some kind of half-baked nuclear-powered airplane.  There are more awesome pictures in the original article, particularly of the "pilot" sitting behind 2 feet of leaded glass.

The whole thing looks like something out of the movie Aliens.

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