- NASA Watch
- August 14, 2022
JPL Rolls Out Robosimian While JSC Hides Valkyrie
“Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., was the place to be late last month for an unusual two-day competition: the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. But if you went expecting high-octane cars zooming around the track at blazing speed, you might have been disappointed. The 16 robots participating in the challenge moved more like the tortoise than the hare, as they performed such tasks as opening doors or climbing a ladder; tasks aimed to speed the development of robots that could one day perform a number of critical, real-world, emergency-response tasks at natural and human-made disaster sites.”
Keith’s note: This article about Robosimian appears on JPL’s home page. Other than an exclusive opportunity given to IEEE Spectrum magazine several months ago, NASA JSC has not released anything officially to document how Valkyrie robot tied for last place (Robosimian placed 5th) in DARPA’s competition. No mention as been made by NASA JSC as to whether work will continue on this robot, how much more will be spent, if there will be addtional attempts to compete, etc. Nor has anyone explained by the Valkyrie team needed a fancy racing car trailer complete with a Cadillac-themed golf cart stuffed inside.
– NASA JSC’s Valkyrie Robot Tied For Last Place in DARPA Competition, earlier post
– NASA JSC Has Developed A Girl Robot in Secret (Revised With NASA Responses), earlier post
– NASA JSC’s Expensive Custom Trailer For Val the Robot, earlier post