Jane’s International Defence Review | Oct. 5, 2018 | By Melanie Rovery
Endeavor Robotics announced on 1 October that it had been downselected for Phase 1 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Subterranean (SubT) Challenge. The initial USD1.5 million that has been awarded by DARPA for Phase 1 will be used to develop a ‘system of systems’ technology solution to operate in underground environments.
Endeavor Robotics will lead a team – comprising Neya Systems, Ghost Robotics, and Persistent Systems, LLC – to compete for a USD2 million prize fund. Teams in the Systems category will develop and demonstrate their physical systems in real-world environments.
“DARPA announced this challenge at the beginning of the year and really the requirements of it are so challenging that not a single robot solution can perform the task.” Dave Weatherwax, director of software engineering at Endeavor Robotics, told Jane’s . “In the subterranean environment we have to deal with things like vertical shafts, cliffs, wet areas, confined areas – we really felt that a system of systems approach was the most viable solution.”