British Army urban reconnaissance robot contest

British Army urban reconnaissance robot contest

Postby Markus Waibel on 29 Aug 2008, 08:27

You may have heard of the DARPA Challenges, in which the US Department of Defense awarded prizes for the best autonomous cars navigating in desert or urban environments.

Now the UK's Ministry of Defence has held its own robotics competition, the UK Grand Challenge, focused on the best way to detect military threats in an urban environment. Unlike the DARPA Challenges entries were not restricted to autonomous cars. The winning team used a swarm of flying robots in combination with a single tank-like robot on the ground to explore a mock village while looking out for hidden snipers, armed enemies in the open and roadside bombs.

Some pictures of the winning teams below; Popular Mechanics has an interesting in-depth coverage of the best teams!

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Stellar's UGV
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Stellar's UAV - a robotic drone
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Mira's UAV
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Re: British Army urban reconnaissance robot contest

Postby Markus Waibel on 29 Aug 2008, 08:28

... and some more :)
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