NASA Awards $100,000 to Winning Team of Robot Challenge

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NASA has awarded $100,000 in esteem income to a Mountaineers, a group from West Virginia University, Morgantown, for successfully completing Level 2 of a Sample Return Robot Challenge, partial of a agency’s Centennial Challenges esteem program.

Members of a Mountaineers group from West Virginia University poise for a pattern with their drudge after successfully recuperating dual samples during their try during a turn dual plea during a 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge, Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 during a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass.  Sixteen teams are competing for a $1.5 million NASA esteem purse. Teams will be compulsory to denote unconstrained robots that can locate and collect samples from a far-reaching and sundry terrain, handling but tellurian control. The pattern of this NASA-WPI Centennial Challenge is to inspire innovations in unconstrained navigation and robotics technologies. Innovations stemming from a plea might urge NASA's capability to try a accumulation of destinations in space, as good as raise a nation's robotic record for use in industries and applications on Earth.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Members of a Mountaineers group from West Virginia University poise for a pattern with their drudge after successfully recuperating dual samples during their try during a turn dual plea during a 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge, Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 during a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Innovations stemming from a plea might urge NASA’s capability to try a accumulation of destinations in space, as good as raise a nation’s robotic record for use in industries and applications on Earth. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) hosted a eventuality Jun 10-12 during a Worcester, Massachusetts, campus. This was a fourth year NASA and WPI hold a Sample Robot Return competition.

Dennis Andrucyk, emissary associate director for a Space Technology Mission Directorate during NASA Headquarters in Washington, and NASA wanderer Cady Coleman presented awards to a Mountaineers group members Saturday during a opening of TouchTomorrow, a scholarship and robotics record festival. The festival, that was open to a public, highlighted a teams and robots, as good as NASA and WPI exhibits in science, robotics and space technology.

“It was smashing to see a teams contest and denote their imagination with unconstrained robotic systems,” pronounced Andrucyk. “NASA uses competitions like these to assistance say and allege America’s care in record and innovation. As we’ve seen this week, pulling a state-of-the-art in robotics will eventually boost a efficacy and reserve of humans in space and will capacitate cutting-edge systematic scrutiny of a solar system.”

The pattern of a plea is to inspire innovations in unconstrained navigation and robotics technologies. Teams were compulsory to denote their robots could locate and collect geologic samples from far-reaching and sundry terrains, handling but tellurian control.

During Level 2 of NASA's Sample Return Robot Challenge, a drudge designed and built by West Virginia University group The Mountaineers had dual hours to lapse autonomously during slightest dual unimpaired samples, including a representation famous formerly to a group and one introduced a day of a competition. Credits: NASA

During Level 2 of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, a drudge designed and built by West Virginia University group The Mountaineers had dual hours to lapse autonomously during slightest dual unimpaired samples, including a representation famous formerly to a group and one introduced a day of a competition. Credits: NASA

The plea includes dual levels of competition. For a drudge to finish Level 1 successfully, it contingency skip a starting height in hunt of a sample, a specifications of that were formerly automatic into a robot’s onboard computer. Operating autonomously, a drudge has 30 mins to locate, constraint and lapse to a starting height with one unimpaired sample. Teams that finish Level 1 might pierce on to Level 2.

For Level 2, robots have dual hours to lapse autonomously during slightest dual unimpaired samples, including a representation famous formerly to a group and one introduced a day of a competition. Samples collected in Level 2 are categorized as easy, middle and tough formed on a complexity of their shape, distance and design. More points are awarded for those personal as hard. In this year’s competition, samples ranged in figure and distance from rectilinear to round.

Source: NASA