The six teams currently competing on the Robotics Challenge are:
- Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center – CHIMP
- Drexel University – Hubo
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – RoboSimian
- NASA Johnson Space Center – Valkyrie
- SCHAFT Inc.
- Virginia Tech – T.H.O.R.
Every team received a ATLAS robot and they will have until December this year to program it to the best of their abilities to pass a very complex tasks no other robot preformed to date including driving a utility vehicle across a 250 feet track with obstacles, travel by foot on a complex terrain course, removing debris blocking an entry to a room, opening a door and entering the room, climbing a ladder, breaking through a wall using cutting tools and locating and closing a valve before finally connecting a fire hose.
Meet ATLAS – DARPA’s new Robot