Seven teams that competed in the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000 for their development of code to advance autonomous robotics for future space exploration missions.
The teams competed in a virtual lunar environment, where their virtual robots were tasked with autonomously locating, collecting, and hauling resources to their "home base" on the Moon.
Scores were based on the number of resources the robots identified, excavated, and delivered to the targeted base.
The first-place team, Olympus Mons, was awarded $185,000 for its squad of six rovers coordinated by a central system.
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