I am exploring competing in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge (SRC) having competed previously in the Sample Return Robotics Centennial Challenge. The SRC is a software only project using a simulation of the R5 / Valkyrie on Mars to complete tasks. There is a qualifying run of 2 tasks that occurs on November 15th. The main competition is June 2017. The rules are published but it is unclear how much support is provided for working with the R5, e.g. do I have to make it walk or is that basic software provided.
I have been climbing the ROS learning curve this past year but know that there is a lot more to learn, especially with the R5. I’m retired and can devote a lot of time to this.
I’m looking first for a mentor who could just help me over the rough spots. Maybe someone who’s worked with the R5 but doesn’t have time for this project. Alternatively, a collaborator or a team who’d be interested in working on this.