DARPA has challenge to map, navigate and search the underground world

DARPA has selected nine teams to compete in the Subterranean (SubT) Challenge to develop new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments.

This will better equip warfighters and first responders to explore human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks that are too dangerous, dark, or deep to risk human lives.

DARPA has selected seven teams to compete in the funded track of the Systems competition:

Carnegie Mellon University
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
iRobot Defense Holdings, Inc. dba Endeavor Robotics
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Pennsylvania

Teams in the Virtual competition will use simulation models and physics-based environments focusing on software-driven advances. The following organizations have received a contract to compete in the DARPA-funded track of the Virtual competition:

Michigan Technological University
Scientific Systems Company, Inc.

DARPA-funded and self-funded teams will vie for a $2 million prize in the Systems track, while the winner of the Virtual track will earn a $750,000 prize.