Robots are released into an abandoned nuclear power plant and teams get points for finding the most objects – no, it’s not a video game, it’s top international robotics teams deploying a cadre of flying, rolling and walking autonomous robots to search for and find the artifacts.
The teams, including University of Nevada, Reno’s Team CERBERUS, were competing in the DARPA SubTChallenge robotics competition’s Urban Circuit, the second in a series of four competitions. It took place at the end of February in the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, which is a never-used nuclear power plant with massive infrastructure.
There were four courses, or runs, set throughout the structure with obstacles such as wires, pipes, posts, columns, curved walls, railings, metal floor grates, barricades and staircases in a network of tunnels and rooms of various sizes.
The Urban Circuit…