31 Dec '15, 4pm

1962, the U.S.

1962, the U.S.

Photo: Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images In 1962, the U.S. Air Force Special Weapons Center demonstrated the capabilities of its 77-metric-ton robot, designed to let engineers interact safely with radioactive materials (if unsafely with women). Called “the Beetle” [PDF], this remote-handling vehicle was designed to work on the engines of nuclear-powered strategic bombers, which themselves never quite materialized [PDF]. The Beetle’s manipulators were reportedly dexterous enough to pick up an egg without instantly scrambling it, although we’re slightly concerned that the Air Force never released the next picture in this series. Inside the Beetle’s claustrophobia-inducing cab, the human operator was shielded from radiation by 30-centimeter-thick walls of lead, according to a report in the May 1962 Popular Science . Nearly 3 metric tons of air conditioni...

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