Wednesday, September 05, 2007

MOD Grand Challenge Teams Announced

Cnet News blog has an article about the U.K. Ministry of Defense's Grand Challenge to make robotic soldier assistants. This was a bit over a month ago. The MOD Grand Challenge Teams page lists (and links) 6 teams that got contracts to help with their entries, 8 teams that will be self-funded, and 2 associate teams that don't address all of the challenge's goals and therefore presumably can't win, but that are still of interest (eg: they may help other teams). Entries ranged from Unmanned Arial Vehicles, to ground vehicles, to systems with blimps. Different teams have different specialties, such as transportability/light weight, ability to find IEDs, low visibility, multiple ground/air components, and multiple sensors at different EM frequencies.