Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center and Robotics Institute is one to demonstrate its competitive nature and technical prowess.
- In 2004 they traveled the farthest in the premiere DARPA Grand Challenge.
- Their robots placed second and third in the 2005 run.
- They’re trying it again this October at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.
- Now, the X Prize foundation has thrown a slab of bloody meat in front of this Pit Bull and dared it to put a robot on the moon.
Professor and CMU Robotics Patriarch William “Red” Whittaker announced that CMU would be competing for the $20M X Prize for landing and driving a robot on the moon. “Planetary exploration is a dream we pursue and a technology we create,” said Whittaker, “We have spent decades building and testing robotic technologies for just this purpose.”
[Go Red Team!! –Ed.]