SubT Urban Circuit
The DARPA Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit is the 2nd stage of two years project. The expected event date is February 2020. Update: 6/12/2019 — New Robotika Platforms
11th October 2019 — Urban Circuit Team Qualification Waiver
Official announcement on community website
An updated Qualification Guide is coming soon, but we wanted to provide an update on the expected qualification deadlines for the upcoming Urban Circuit:
- Systems Team Qualification: December 3, 2019
- Virtual Team Qualification: January 3, 2020
New teams that are interested in participating in the SubT Challenge must first complete their Team Registration before submitting qualification materials: https://www.subtchallenge.com/register.aspx
Urban Circuit Team Qualification Waiver
(received by e-mail, On 10/10/2019 5:11 PM, SubTChallenge wrote:)
Tunnel Circuit Systems Teams,
We hope your fall is going well. This is a notice that your team has received a Team Qualification waiver for the Urban Circuit of the Systems Competition based on your successful participation at the Tunnel Circuit event.
However, please stay tuned for the upcoming release of an updated Qualification Guide. We do plan to release additional guidance related to team registration and requirements for qualifying new platforms.
We look forward to your continued participation in the SubT Challenge!
Sincerely, Elissa The SubT Challenge Team
9th November 2019 — Urban Circuit Environment Preview
13th November 2019 — Urban Circuit Site Announced
Info from community forum:
We are excited to announce that the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit will take place Feb. 18-27, 2020, at Satsop Business Park west of Olympia, Washington.
DARPA is also excited to announce that new prizes of $500,000 for first place, $250,000 for second place, and $100,000 for third place will be awarded to top performers among self-funded teams.
In addition, we are announcing two new artifacts for the Urban Circuit. The new artifacts are gas and a vent. The gas artifact is a CO2-emitting device used to simulate a range of hazardous air quality conditions, such as a gas leak, poor ventilation, or fumes and smoke. Finding this artifact represents identifying areas that would be hazardous for personnel, including areas where breathing apparatus may be necessary. The vent artifact is a typical supply register commonly found in homes or work environments. Finding this artifact represents identifying potential areas with fresh air or an escape route to the surface.
p.s. if you do not know it, Washington state is on the west coast, far far away … map.
6th December 2019 — New Robotika Platforms
There are four new platforms developed by Robotika Team. They are planned for urban mission in Olympia in the middle of February 2020. What can we expect?
The already pre-qualified from Tunnel Circuit is small robot MOBOS:
There is a new (huge) light — actually it is not that big, but the robot is relatively small/3D printed. Also beside RealSense RGB-D camera there is Intel Tracking Camera — we are really curious how well it will work.
Maria is based on commercially available threaded platform. It is also small, comparable to MOBOS. It is planned to overcome small obstacles and enter narrow passages. It should be able to handle stairs (work in progress).
The next step in Kloubák Division is K3 — 6 wheeled robots with two flexible joins. It is primarily designed to handle complex terrain. The platform moved for the first time 3 days ago (see video recorded in university corridors).
Finally there is ongoing development of drone Hermína, which should be equipped with the same sensor as MOBOS and Maria: RGB-D and tracking camera.
The deadline for platform registration is January 17th, 2020. I hope that by that time we will post already some interesting videos.