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Announcing Release 1.5 of the VRX Simulation Environment with VRX 2022 tasks

We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.5 of the VRX simulation platform! The VRX platform is a virtual environment built in Gazebo, designed for accelerating development of unmanned surface vehicles. It also serves as the virtual “venue” for the VRX 2022 Competition, a virtual competition closely coordinated with RobotX 2022.

This release features all six VRX Competition 2022 tasks with working examples. Please check out our new Release 1.5 Highlight Video for a quick tour.

Some notable additions include:

As a reminder, VRX 2022 is open to any student team affiliated with an educational institution. Please see our website and Wiki for an overview of the event and key dates.

What’s coming next :

  • VRX Release and Competition Tutorials – now available!
  • Registration Opens - October 2021
  • VRX Introduction at RoboNation Community Hour - October 2021
  • Workshop & Kickoff – November 2021
  • Competition Phase 1 – December 2021
  • Competition Phase 2 – March 2022
  • Finals – April 2022

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.


The VRX Technical Team: Brian, Carlos, Carson, Jessica and Michael


So the sound track comes with the installation, right? How else are we supposed to prove we’re having fun.


I loved the ball shooter :joy:

Looks like plenty of fun!

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Ah yes - The wildlife. An important aspect of the physical RobotX 2018 competition.

It’s turtle timeeee!

For those interested in using ROS2 there is a PR with a ROS2 version of VRX, platypus and all: