DARPA Robotics Challenge
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) was an international competition of robot systems and software teams developing robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. The DRC brought together industry, academia and government from around the world to showcase the state-of-the-art; build trust in what robots can do together with humans; and inspire future capabilities.
Lockheed Martin led the Trusted Remote Operation of Proximate Emergency Robots (TROOPER) team, one of 24 teams representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world.
The DRC Finals, which took place from June 5-6, 2015 at Fairplex in Pomona, California, were a culmination of the three-phased program. The DRC Finals required robots to attempt a circuit of consecutive physical tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response, with degraded communications between the robots and their operators. Technologies resulting from the DRC will help transform the field of robotics, pushing forward the development of robots with task-level autonomy.
View highlights from the event on the DRC page or view the Lockheed Martin DRC Flickr gallery.
A global community rallied around researchers and their robots during the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Leo, an Atlas robot powered by Team TROOPER, navigated a course designed to test the boundaries of robotics technology.
While Leo didn’t take home the top prize, the robot did demonstrate what the event was all about: Collaboration and inspiration. >>LEARN MORE
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories successfully leads Team TROOPER with teammates from the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. >>LEARN MORE
To celebrate the nationwide premiere of the “Robots 3D” movie, Lockheed Martin and National Geographic are hosting a “Robot Red Carpet” experience at the DRC Technology Expo June 5-6. Stop by Booth 42 for FREE tickets to an exclusive screening of the movie. Limited number available!
Show the world why you’re excited for robots! Participate in the #RobotRedCarpet social media contest. >>LEARN MORE
Scientists and engineers believe robotics could be the key to solving many of our most difficult problems, from deep space and deep sea exploration, to delicate surgery and mitigating natural disasters. Robotics also has potential to help us in our everyday lives, from driverless cars and pilotless planes to lending helping hands at home and at work. So what will push us even further towards the next great leap in robotics? Researchers at Lockheed Martin believe there are four driving factors. >>LEARN MORE
A universe where robots walk freely among people might sound like science fiction. But someday, thanks to creative scientists and engineers, our world may contain autonomous or semi-autonomous robots working with people, helping us do tasks that are better suited for machines. What technology will it take to get us there? Engineers believe it comes down to mastery of the four Ps: Perception, Processing, Power and Planning. >>LEARN MORE
The National Geographic movie ROBOTS 3D is a sneak peek into the future at what might be possible as scientists use innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less "humanoid" and more just plain human. Robot "actor" RoboThespian will introduce you to CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, Herb the Butler, ICUB, and others as he takes you on an amazing tour of what's going on in robotics labs around the world. >>LEARN MORE