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Team Trooper

Team TROOPER's (Mostly) New Robot Gets a New Name

When the 75 percent updated Atlas arrived at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories in New Jersey looking like an entirely new robot, the members of Team TROOPER decided it was time to give it a new name, too. So they invited all 112,000 Lockheed Martin employees to help vote on a name for their robot ahead of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

Team TROOPER gave employees five names to choose from, all inspired by great innovators and the field of robotics. By a large margin, the name Leo was selected.

Leo is short for Leonardo da Vinci, who is credited with designing the humanoid robotic knight. The name was such a hit that one employee suggested dressing robot Leo like a knight. Team TROOPER politely declined, concerned that a knight visor might impede the robot's sensors.

Like da Vinci's work, robotics involves the blending of many disciplines. Today's roboticists bring together everything from electrical and mechanical engineering to computer and material sciences. Learn more about the team at

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:43