NASA Seeks Autonomous Robots to Help with Space Exploration Efforts
The first phase of the Space Robotics Challenge was awarded in June of last year. Phase I sought to increase the autonomous dexterous capabilities of humanoid robots in a virtual Martian environment. With this second phase of the challenge, NASA is looking for projects that focus on the ability of virtual robotic systems to perform a long-term fully-autonomous in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) mission for the moon. The robots will need to operate completely autonomously for a specified amount of time.
To pass the qualification round, robots will need to successfully accomplish three tasks in a continuous time frame. The top 25 competitors from the qualification round will receive a prize and be invited to compete in the competition round. The top 1o competitors from the competition round will receive prizes ranging from $185,000-$30,000.
The competition is currently open and closes December 20th.
To submit a project and for further information, click here: http://www.spaceroboticschallenge.com/