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Space Robotics Challenge

A virtual challenge improving the autonomy and dexterity of humanoid robots

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $1,000,000
Type of Challenge: Scientific
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Space Center Houston
Submission Start: 08/16/2020 04:00 PM ET
Submission End: 10/07/2016 12:00 AM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

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The Space Robotics Challenge is a prize competition with a $1,000,000 total prize purse to be divided among teams that develop software to increase the autonomy of dexterous humanoid robots. Teams will use software to control a simulated R5 to resolve problems in a virtual environment. Each team will be required to complete two qualification tasks. The qualification tasks will be run independently at each team's site. Each team must submit two simulation log files, one for each qualification task. The log files will be evaluated by SRC officials. Instructions on how to complete the qualification tasks, and generate and submit log files will be provided to registrants upon release of the qualifying simulation software (details on challenge website). Teams may make any number of attempts at completing the qualification tasks, and submit only their best results – one file for each of two tasks. The top 20 teams will advance to the final virtual challenge. The final virtual challenge will consist of three tasks involving the life in a (fictional) day of R5 on Mars.
  1. Alignment of a communication dish.
  2. Repair a solar array.
  3. Find and repair an air leak inside a habitat.
Each task is composed of multiple checkpoints, described in the challenge rules.


Centennial Challenges Space Robotics Challenge
Cash Prize Amount: $1,000,000
Engagement Challenge: $10,000 Qualifying Round: 20 teams, $15,000 each Final Competition: 1st $125,000, 2nd $100,000, 3rd $50,000, 4th $25,000, plus 6 bonus prizes of $50,000 each available


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