The Space Robotics Challenge
In the not so distant future, robots will work alongside, as well as in advance of, humans to take on some of our workload, and for scientific discoveries and exploration at distant locations. Tasks such as deploying and preparing habitats and power systems on Mars before humans arrive; and here on Earth, assisting wtih disaster relief and industrial plant maintenance.
The Space Robotics Challenge focuses on developing software to increase the autonomy of dexterous mobile robots in humanoid format - specifically NASA's R5 robot - so they can complete specific tasks during space travel or after landing on other planets (such as Mars), as well as on Earth.
Competitors will work within the Virtual Challenge scenario that has been created as a backdrop for developing coding advancements that enable the autonomy of humanoid robotics.
The top 20 Finalists were announced on January 31, 2017. These teams will now begin preparing for the Virtual Competition.
Pre-Registration: 405 Teams from over 55 countries around the world
Qualifying Round: 92 Teams competed from 13 countries