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Space Robotics Challenge Phase 2

Posted November 29, 2019

The essence of this competition is to develop software that allows a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a long-term ISRU mission.

Image credit: Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0


Phase 1 of the Space Robotics Challenge focused on increasing the autonomous dexterous capabilities of humanoid robots (NASA’s R5 robot) in a virtual Martian environment.

Phase 2 of the Space Robotics Challenge is seeking to foster the creation or advancement of autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. Future ISRU missions may occur on surfaces such as Earth’s moon, and will likely need to operate autonomously for long periods of time before, during, and after the presence of astronauts. Robots that can successfully perform ISRU tasks with little to no human intervention are valuable due to both the communication latencies and limited bandwidth between these destinations and Earth.

The focus of SRC Phase 2 is on the ability of virtual robotic systems to perform a long-term fully-autonomous ISRU mission for the Moon. This challenge will require competitors to develop software that allows a team of virtual robots (i.e., virtual robotic team) to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time.

Submission to this Challenge must be received by 06:00 PM ET Dec 20. 2019.


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