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The Space Robotics Challenge (SRC) came to a close last week with a wonderful celebration event at Space Center Houston.

The celebration event brought together competitors and organizers over two days with tours of Johnson Space Center (JSC), team presentations, and an award ceremony.

Overnight a dust storm damaged the habitat and solar array, and caused the primary communication antenna to become misaligned.

Valkyrie must now repair an air leak in the habitat, deploy a new solar panel, and align the communication antenna.

Each team was evaluated according to a scoring metric that considered the number of tasks completed and the time required to complete the tasks.

The winning teams were able to complete numerous tasks, even in the presence of significant network latency and bandwidth restrictions.

The team name is reminiscent of a phrase often attributed to former President Theodore Roosevelt, 'speak softly and carry a big stick - you will go far.'

If ZARJ is awarded prize money, they plan to distribute it equally between team members to defray some competition travel costs.

WPI Robotics Team Has a Mission with Mars

Under the terms of the competition, SRC teams must program a virtual robot, modeled after NASA’s Robonaut 5 (R5), to complete a series of simulated tasks in dangerous or extreme environments.

“We’re very excited to have been named finalists in the Space Robotics Challenge, which will enable us to build on the experiences we’ve gained in previous robotics challenges,” said Michael Gennert, team lead and head of WPI’s Robotics Engineering program.

WPI completed a perception task by having the robot accurately report the position of lights in a simulated The WPI team will program a virtual robot modeled after NASA’s Valkyrie Robonaut 5 robot.

environment, and a mobility task by programming the robot to walk three meters, press a button to open a door, and pass through the door without falling.

“It was a great learning experience for everyone, especially for new participants who learned from challenge veterans, bringing the entire team up to speed quickly.” The WPI team is now participating in the virtual competition, which will take place through June.

A live competition will be held June 13-16, during which teams will compete in software simulation to direct the R5 robot—commonly known as Valkyrie—to perform tasks in a virtual setting on Mars.

The cross-functional teams aren’t dependent on other teams to get things done.” Jagtap, who has a strong interest in space robotics, received a Mannooch Fellowship, which is restricted to students with an interest in space research.

“This is definitely the logical next step, which is trying to understand how you take what you’ve learned in (the DRC Finals) and make it applicable to other robots.” In this case, Jagtap said, the team would aim to make sure that their technological efforts work not only on WARNER, but on the Valkyrie R5 robot.

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