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.