If you haven't already heard of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge (or "SubT"), it's time to start paying attention.
With SubT, DARPA "aims to develop innovative technologies that would augment operations underground. The SubT Challenge will explore new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, search, and exploit complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban underground, and natural cave networks."
DARPA announced SubT back in December, but Program Manager Dr. Timothy Chung recently announced that Open Robotics has been charged with creating and running the simulated track of the challenge.
Unlike our involvement in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in which we created a simulated environment in Gazebo for a single robot – the Atlas, SubT allows for a wide variety of robot participants.
You can read more about it in today's Wired: DARPA'S Next Challenge? A Grueling Underground Journey
DARPA will be announcing more details at the SubT Challenge kickoff in Fall 2018.