In preparation for the 2022 maritime RobotX Challenge in Australia, RoboNation and the US Navy’s Office of Naval research (ONR) have partnered with the Naval Postgraduate School and Open Robotics to bring you Virtual RobotX (VRX) and the VRX Competition.
VRX is an open-source simulation environment designed as a free tool for students to test autonomous maritime robotics solutions. In the VRX Competition, robotics teams from around the world will operate their vehicle in a Gazebo-based simulation environment built by OR and the NPS. Students will have the chance to use VRX to develop innovative solutions for an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) that can beat the challenge tasks in the simulated environment.
You don’t have to compete in the related, physical Maritime RobotX Challenge in order to take part in the VRX Competition. The VRX Competition is designed as an affordable entry point for teams interested in building maritime autonomy skills, learning more about virtual environments as a tool, considering entering the RobotX competition, or all of the above. For further information go to the DSI web site