Building Virtual Worlds for the DARPA Subterranean Challenge

The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge offers the opportunity to build your own virtual underground environments with the SubT Simulator to test your robots using ROS and Ignition Gazebo. The cave worlds can contain dynamic obstacles (falling rocks) to further test teams’ autonomy in the SubT Challenge Virtual Competition.

For more information, check out the SubT Challenge Virtual Competition video, visit the SubT Challenge website, and read instructions on how to compete! Links to additional resources below.

Subterranean Challenge main website: https://www.subtchallenge.com/

Build your own virtual underground world: https://github.com/osrf/subt/wiki/World-Creation-Tutorial

Rock falls tutorial: https://github.com/osrf/subt/wiki/RockFalls-tutorial

DARPA Subterranean Challenge Virtual Competition overview: https://youtu.be/gSMiLLx8Y0Y

How to Compete: https://subtchallenge.world/how-to-compete

DARPA Subterranean Challenge – Virtual Cave Worlds

Take a first look into the #SubTChallenge Virtual Cave Worlds! See how the third circuit differs from Tunnel and Urban environments, including branching layouts, vertical shafts, and rocky obstacles–all without leaving the house. Qualification scenario and schedule coming soon.

For more information and to access the worlds, visit SubTChallenge.world

DARPA Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit Compilation

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit Recap

In the Systems competition of the Urban Circuit, 10 teams navigated two courses winding through an unfinished nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington, Feb. 18-27, 2020. DARPA designed the courses to represent complex urban underground infrastructure. The Virtual competition with eight teams took place Jan. 23-30, with results announced Feb. 27. Teams from eleven countries participated across the Virtual and Systems competitions in the Urban Circuit.

For additional information on the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, please visit www.subtchallenge.com.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Round 2 Day 3

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Round 1 & 2 Highlights

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Garage-Mahal

Take a tour of the team garage at the SubT Challenge Urban Circuit. Between runs in Subterranean Challenge circuits, the team garages offer the most action. In the spirit of cooperation in competition, in addition to readying their own platforms for runs, participants engage across teams and regularly share tools and expertise.

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Round 1 Day 1 Recap

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Round 2 Day 1 Recap

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Round 1 Day 2

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Round 1 Day 3

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Highlights from Round 1

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge Urban Circuit: Helmets Explained

Throughout the DARPA Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit, members of the teams and DARPA staff wear safety helmets signifying their respective roles in the competition.

Ten teams arrived to Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, to compete in the Systems competition Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which ran Jan. 23-30. Two teams participated in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

Moving In and Checking Out – DARPA Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit

Teams arrived on-site Feb. 18, 2020, for the Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit.

Ten teams will compete in the Systems competition at Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington, Feb. 18-27, 2020. Eight teams qualified to participate in the Virtual competition, which will run Jan. 23-30. Two teams will compete in both Virtual and Systems events.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks to better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks, while decreasing risk to human lives. The SubT Challenge Systems and Virtual competitions aim to create a community of multidisciplinary teams from wide-ranging fields to foster breakthrough technologies in autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for underground environments. The Tunnel Circuit took place in August 2019. The Cave Circuit is planned for August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three underground environments is targeted for August 2021.

SubT Challenge: Adapting to the Urban Environment

DARPA Subterranean Challenge program manager Dr. Timothy Chung explores the complexities teams will encounter in the Systems competition of the Urban Circuit, taking place Feb. 17-27, 2020, at Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington. The Urban Circuit mimics the uncertain environment awaiting a first responder or warfighter in emergency scenarios in diverse urban settings.

DARPA Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit Compilation

From move-in day through the final course runs, this compilation video tracks teams as they prepare for and compete in the Tunnel Circuit of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. Qualification submissions are being accepted for self-funded teams to compete in the upcoming Urban and Cave Circuits. See details in the Qualification Guide under the Resources tab: https://www.subtchallenge.com/

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DARPA Subterranean Challenge STIX Tunnel Tour

Follow along the twists and turns in a walking tour of the Edgar Experimental Mine with Dr. Timothy Chung, program manager for the DARPA Subterranean Challenge.

The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. Nine teams hailing from four continents gathered in Idaho Springs, Colorado, the week of April 5-11, 2019, to test autonomous air and ground systems for navigating the dark, dangerous, dirty, and unpredictable underground domain. For more information, visit https://www.subtchallenge.com.

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Tunnel Circuit Teaser

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge is headed to Pittsburgh for the Tunnel Circuit, the first scored challenge event, August 15-22, 2019! Qualified teams will attempt to navigate a former operational mine.

As part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Program, testing in the research mine contributes to advances in mining industry practices. In August, the mine will serve as the arena for the SubT Challenge as teams compete to accurately map, identify, and report the greatest number of artifacts along the mine passages.

Learn more about the SubT Challenge at https://www.darpa.mil/program/darpa-subterranean-challenge.

DARPA SubT: Join the Challenge

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge is focused on the world beneath us – as competitors vie to rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search complex underground environments. The SubT Challenge is an open competition, where teams can compete for prize money awarding high performance at each of threecircuits – human-made tunnels, urban underground, and natural cave systems – in addition to prizes in a final event combining all three domains.

For resources on forming a team, opportunities to engage with existing teams, and more information about the SubT Challenge, check out the website: https://www.subtchallenge.com and join the Community Forum: https://community.subtchallenge.com.