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To help revolutionize how we operate in the underground domain, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean or SubT Challenge seeks novel approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments during time-sensitive combat operations or disaster response scenarios.
Teams from around the world have ONE mission: to demonstrate how their solutions address the unique challenges of underground domains.
They compete in one or both of TWO complementary research tracks: systems and/or the virtual competition.
Teams in both the physical or simulated competitions will compete in THREE circuit events: tunnel, urban and cave subdomains.
August & October 2019
Tunnels can extend many kilometers in length with constrained passages, vertical shafts, and multiple levels. Teams navigate this subdomain during the DARPA Subterranean or SubT Challenge.
Urban underground environments can have complex layouts with multiple stories and span several city blocks. Watch teams conquer this subdomain during the DARPA Subterranean or SubT Challenge.
Natural cave networks often have irregular geological structures, with both constrained passages and large caverns. Watch teams take on this subdomain during the DARPA Subterranean or SubT Challenge.
The Cave Circuit Systems Competition was not held due to COVID-19. Check out the virtual competition results!
After three years of development, DARPA’s Subterranean or SubT Challenge teams face the final event.
Teams took on a series of preliminary individual circuit events over the last two years. Now they tackle elements from all three subdomains at the same time!
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