Agra set to host international competition for flying robotsMarch 11th, 2008 - 12:37 pm ICT by admin
London, March 11 (ANI): The city of Agra in India will be hosting an international competition for micro aerial vehicles this week, where the teams will vie for the prize money by showcasing their tiny flying machines.
According to a report in Nature News, the competition calls for squads of aerial and ground robots to explore for human commandos tasked with reaching hostages in a building one kilometre from the launch point.
The robots will need to detect and disarm simulated chemical mines in an urban environment, and guide the commandos past guard teams to the hostages all within 40 minutes.
The robotic machines, which are inspired by animals like moths, locusts, flies and swifts, will use a mixture of wireless communication with a ground-control team, and autonomous navigation.
Competitions entrants must be smaller than 30 centimetres. A reason for this is that designs based on insect and bird wings seem to be more robust.
With a total of twelve teams registered for the event, this years competition will introduce an innovative challenge for the robots they would have to face a new challenger in the form of humans, who will also attempt to complete the search-and-rescue mission.
Its a tough competition, said entrant Hemendra Arya, an engineer at the India Institute of Technology in Mumbai. It really gives a challenge for the designer, he added. (ANI)
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