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NASA Space Robotics End With Awesome Win

The NASA Space Robotics Centennial Challenge wrapped up today with the awarding of prizes at Space Center Houston. Nate Keonig was there to help present the award.

The first prize team, Coordinated Robotics scored 739 points out of a possible 855. The second place team scored 384 points. Coordinated also received a bonus prize for completing all 18 checkpoints without stopping during one of the runs.

Teams programmed the NASA R5 / Valkyrie humanoid robot in simulation using ROS and Gazebo. Tasks included realigning a satellite dish, deploying a solar panel, climbing stairs, opening an airlock door, and patching a leak in a habitat. The creators of the challenge, including a lead person who works with the R5, did not expect that all these tasks could be completed.