Welcome to the DARPA Robotics Challenge website
Our national security is vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters
and there are often limitations to what humans can accomplish to help
remedy these situations or mitigate further damage. Today’s robotics are
helping, but they are not yet robust enough to function in all
environments and perform the basic tasks needed to mitigate a crisis
The goal of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is to generate
groundbreaking research and development so that future robotics can
perform the most hazardous activities in future disaster response
operations, in tandem with their human counterparts, in order to reduce
casualties, avoid further destruction, and save lives.
Within the coming months, the Challenge will test the participating Teams’ robots
ability to work in rough terrain and their capacity to use human aids such as vehicles and hand tools in three
Learn more about the program and the trials these robots face on the following pages.