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CHIPS Articles: DARPA Sets Date for Subterranean Challenge

DARPA Sets Date for Subterranean Challenge
Competition for more than $3 million across four events; registration opens August 15
By CHIPS Magazine - July 23, 2018
DARPA announced the competitors day also will provide preliminary information about the SubT Challenge and encourage and promote the formation of cross-cutting teams possessing exceptional expertise and developmental capabilities for executing research and ability to complete the DARPA SubT Challenge.

The aim is is to discover innovative solutions to rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban and municipal underground infrastructure, and natural cave networks, DARPA said in a release.

Teams will compete in three preliminary circuit events and the final event in both systems and virtual competitions. Each circuit event will explore the difficulties of operating in a specific underground environment as teams compete for monetary prizes.

The first will focus on human-made tunnel systems. The second will focus on underground urban environments such as mass transit and municipal infrastructure. The third will focus on naturally occurring cave networks.

The final event, planned for 2021, will put teams to the test with a course that incorporates diverse challenges from all three environments. The winner of the systems competition will take home a $2 million prize, while the winner of the virtual competition will earn a $750,000 prize.

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

Registration will open August 15 for the competitors day to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Event details are available at the Federal Business Opportunities website. Advance registration is required, and will close at noon EDT Sept. 13 for on-site attendance and noon EDT Sept. 19 for virtual attendance, or until capacity is reached. Additional registration information is available on the challenge website.

Questions should be directed to: SubTChallenge@darpa.mil.

The DARPA Subterranean Challenge explores innovative approaches and new technologies to rapidly map, navigate, and search complex underground environments. DARPA image.
The DARPA Subterranean Challenge explores innovative approaches and new technologies to rapidly map, navigate, and search complex underground environments. DARPA image.
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