After three years of development, DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge teams will
get the chance to compete in the Final Event being held at the Louisville
Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky on September 21-23, 2021.
All teams have to re-qualify for both System and Virtual competition.
Is Robotika Team going to be one of the 15 System teams and
10 Virtual teams? Update: 12/2/2021 —
Final Event rules and schedule
12th February 2021 — Final Event rules and schedule
DARPA announced on Wednesday 10th the rules for the final event, see
Final Event Competition Rules (pdf)
All teams have to qualify and the requirements are stronger, so see also new
Qualification Guilde (pdf)
Note, that there is not much time left — The Systems Competition qualification deadline is
April 21, 2021
and the Virtual Competition qualification deadline is June 29, 2021
So what is new? The robots have to be able to recognize 10 types of artifacts: 3 common (Survivor,
Backpack, Phone), from tunnel (Fire Extenquisher, Drill), from urban (Gas, Vent) and from cave
(Rope, Helmet). Moreover there will be 10th, so far unknown, artifact type.
In order to qualify at least one robot has to demonstrate autonomous detection of
all types of artifacts!
For the System there will be two Preliminary Rounds, each 30 minutes long.
There will be 20 artifacts but teams will have only 25 reports. Only six best
teams will compete in the finals. There the limit is going to be 60 minutes
and number of artifact 40 with 45 allowed report attempts.
The Final Event of the Virtual Competition will consist of a Preliminary Round
and a Prize Round each with a separate solution submission window. The submissions
to the Preliminary Round will be evaluated and the resultsare expected to be
announced the week of August 9-13, 2021. The top 10 teams from the Preliminary
Round will be invited to submit solutions to the Prize Round to compete
for monetary prizes. The results and winners of the Prize Round will be
announced at the Final Event being held September 21-23, 2021.