DARPA’s Subterranean (SubT) challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore uncharted underground environments that are too dangerous, dark, or deep to risk human lives. In three circuit events and one final event, participating teams will deploy autonomous systems to attempt to map, navigate, and search various underground environments. Teams earn points by correctly identifying artifacts placed within those environments.
Ten teams will compete in the Systems competition of the SubT Challenge Urban Circuit at Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which took place Jan. 23-30. Two teams will compete in both Virtual and Systems events.
The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.
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Jan. 31, 2020
Our Virtual competitors have just wrapped up their runs for the Urban Circuit of the SubT Challenge. The window was open Jan. 23-30 for qualified Virtual competitors to submit their solutions through the SubT Virtual Portal. Selecting from a repository of robot models and a variety of sensors, each team developed solutions to map, navigate, and search dark, dangerous, and unpredictable underground scenarios. DARPA will announce winners of both the Virtual and Systems competitions for the Urban Circuit Feb. 27.
Feb. 17, 2020
Safe, fair and fun: those are the key words of the day as the Subterranean Challenge program staff prepares for arrival of 10 Systems teams in Elma, Washington, for the Urban Circuit. From maps to artifact placement, they’re making and checking lists multiple times to ensure the course is set for move-in day. Teams arrive at Satsop Business Park Tuesday and move-in continues through Wednesday. A live stream of the course runs will begin Thursday on DARPA’s YouTube Channel (SubTv).
Feb. 18, 2020
It’s team move-in day #1. Tuesday, we welcomed 161 team members across 10 Systems teams representing 10 countries to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington. They are moving into the team garages on a staggered schedule Tuesday and Wednesday. Also joining them are 48 ground robots, 26 multirotors and two aerostats. Not all platforms may find their way onto the courses, as teams will decide which offer the best solutions to approach the treacherous (sub)terrain.
Feb. 19, 2020
Teams are moved in, robots are checked out, and we’re ready for competition. The first day of scored runs in the Urban Circuit begins Thursday, Feb. 20! The livestream will kick-off at 9:45 a.m. PT/12:45 p.m. ET. To maintain competition fairness, the livestream will be on a one-hour delay, accessible via this page and DARPA's YouTube channel.
That's a wrap for Day 1 of the Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit. The following teams competed on the Alpha Course: NUS SEDS, Robotika, and CERBERUS. Coordinated Robotics, NCTU, and CSIRO Data61 competed on Beta Course. We’ll pick back up Friday with additional teams on the courses. The livestream will kick off a few minutes before 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST, available via this page and DARPA's YouTube channel.
Round 1 Day 2 of the Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit is complete. All teams have had at least one course run. First up Saturday morning are CSIRO Data61 and CERBERUS. We’ll be back with the livestream about 9:50am PT/12:50pm ET Saturday. YouTube channel.
At the end of Round 1, team Explorer is in the lead. Tomorrow is a reset day, which means no scored runs. Join us 2PM EST / 11AM PST Sunday as we answer your #AskSubT questions.
Day 1 of Round 2 of the #SubTChallenge Urban Circuit is complete. Team CSIRO Data61 jumps up to third place on the leaderboard. SubTv will be back with the livestream about 9:50am PT/12:50pm ET
With just one day left to go in the Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit, several teams are tracking closely on the leaderboard. SubTv will be back with the livestream for the final runs about 9:50 a.m. PT/12:50 p.m. ET Wednesday, Feb. 26.
That’s a wrap for the Urban Circuit, the second scored event of the Subterranean Challenge. At the end of the final course runs, CoSTAR tops the provisional leaderboard with 16 points. Explorer ended the circuit with 11 points on the board. The official final score will be announced during the awards ceremony Thursday morning.
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