Robots to the rescue? A sneak peek at a new generation of robots that can autonomously explore caves, pits, tunnels and other subsurface terrain.
TEAM CoSTAR is participating in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge to develop fully autonomous systems to explore subsurface voids with a dual focus on planetary exploration and terrestrial applications in search and rescue, mining industry, and AI/Autonomy in extreme environments.
CoSTAR develops energy-efficient and autonomous multi-modal mobility (flying/rolling/bouncing) platforms Resilient drift-catching localization: CoSTAR develops on outlier-tolerant fusion of onboard sensors such as vision, IMU, lidar, with external magneto-quasi static technology for robust localization in dark in km-deep caves with less than 1 kg platforms.
CoSTAR develops distributed algorithms with confidence-rich mapping to provide precise topological and geometrical maps of the large cave and mine networks.oSTAR extends disruption tolerant communication (DTN) to enable a self-healing coordination of a robot swarm with lightweight communication nodes./read more: subt.jpl.nasa