NASA Holding Contest to Develop Robot for Repairs on Mars

Published by , August 22, 2016 6:57 am

(SpaceReporter) NASA’s Centennial Challenge program is holding a contest for the development of a virtual humanoid robot that can successfully address a series of tasks to repair an astronaut habitat on Mars following damage from a dust storm. The repair will require plugging a habitat leak, fixing an array of solar panels, and aligning a communications dish. All work will be done under simulation of the real communications delay time between Earth and Mars.
The contest is being co-sponsored by Space Center Houston and innovation consultant group NineSigma. A prize of $1 million will be awarded to the winning team following the contest’s final round in June 2017.

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