Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit Virtual Competition Highlights

The ability to traverse vertical spaces proved key to success in the Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit. BARCS topped the leaderboard in the Virtual competition. Repeating success from the Tunnel Circuit, Coordinated Robotics earned the self-funded first prize in the Virtual competition, taking home $250,000.

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.

Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit Systems Competition Highlights

The ability to traverse vertical spaces proved key to success in the Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit. CoSTAR took the top spot in the Systems competition. Extending their performance from the Tunnel Circuit, CTU-CRAS-NORLAB earned the highest score among self-funded teams and the $500,000 prize.

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. Teams from eleven countries participated across the Virtual and Systems competitions in the Urban Circuit.

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.

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 Autonomy and Networking

MAJ Amber Walker talks with teams that participated in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit about the difficulties of autonomy and networking in the underground environment. Dr. Timothy Chung is the program manager for the SubT Challenge in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). MAJ Walker, also a program manager in TTO, is a roboticist and observed the teams’ course runs in the Tunnel Circuit. The event took place in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019.

SubT Challenge Perception

MAJ Amber Walker talks with teams that participated in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit about the difficulties of perception in the underground environment. Dr. Timothy Chung is the program manager for the SubT Challenge in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). MAJ Walker, also a program manager in TTO, is a roboticist and observed the teams’ course runs in the Tunnel Circuit. The event took place in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019.

SubT Challenge Out of the Lab and Into the Tunnel

MAJ Amber Walker talks with teams that participated in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit about the challenge of moving from the lab or simulation to the real-world underground environment. Dr. Timothy Chung is the program manager for the SubT Challenge in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). MAJ Walker, also a program manager in TTO, is a roboticist and observed the teams’ course runs in the Tunnel Circuit. The event took place in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019.

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 Tunnel Circuit Wrap-Up

Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Systems teams are trekking toward the Urban Circuit after competing in the Tunnel Circuit, the first scored event of DARPA’s high-tech underground contest. Eleven teams from eight countries gathered in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019, to attempt to map, identify, and report artifacts along the passages of two Pittsburgh mines.

SubT Challenge Tunnel Circuit Day 1 Recap

Dr. Timothy Chung, program manager for the Subterranean Challenge, talks about the ups, downs, hazards, and successes of the first day in the Tunnel Circuit. The SubT Challenge Tunnel Circuit is taking place in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019.

DARPA Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit Environment Preview

Get a preview of the competition course for the Tunnel Circuit being held August 15-22, 2019! Eleven teams will be participating in the first scored SubT Challenge event at the NIOSH research mine in Pittsburgh, PA. This video gives a representative sample of the course and its wide range of terrain and environmental challenges.

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.

SubT Integration Exercise Helps SubT Challenge Competitors Prepare for Tunnel Circuit

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. The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. The event provided a shakeout opportunity for competitors in advance of the Tunnel Circuit in August, the first of three subdomains that teams will tackle in DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge.