US robotics teams gear up for DARPA mine challenge

Explorer, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, is one of the teams competing. Comprised of around 30 faculty, staff members and students, the team will be using a pair of ground robots and a pair of drones to take on the missions. Explorer has been testing its robots ahead of the SubT Challenge at the Tour-Ed Mine in Pennsylvania.

“This is a task that requires robot autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility for us to be successful,” said team co-leader Sebastian Scherer, from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.