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.
The Urban Circuit, the second scored event of the SubT Challenge, will take place in February 2020. The Urban Circuit will represent human-made urban environments such as municipal infrastructure and mass transit. DARPA will announce the location for the event in late 2019.
The first scored event of the SubT Challenge, the Tunnel Circuit, took place in a research mine in Pittsburgh in August 2019. The third scheduled event, the Cave Circuit, will focus on naturally occurring cave networks. It is scheduled for August 2020. The final event, planned for 2021, will put teams to the test with a course that incorporates challenges from all three underground environments.
DARPA is still accepting qualification submissions for self-funded teams to compete in the upcoming Urban and Cave Circuits. See details in the Qualification Guide under the Resources tab of the SubT Challenge website: https://www.subtchallenge.com/.
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