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University of Waterloo team competes in NASA retrieval robot competition

University of Waterloo team competes in NASA retrieval robot competition

TORONTO – A team of 60 engineers from the University of Waterloo competed against teams from across the globe on Thursday, hoping to impress NASA with their retrieval robot. NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge kicked off with small mechanical creatures searching through an 8,000-square-metre park at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. to track down and collect geological samples. The competition’s objective is to encourage innovation in “autonomous navigation” and “robotics technologies” to improve NASA’s missions both in space and on earth. The treasure hunt-like event sees robots search for samples in a variety of environments – from hills […]

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