Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge
28 March 2012, 13:00:00 EDT
30 April 2012, 20:00:00 EDT

Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge

March 28, 2012

The Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge, sponsored by DARPA and NASA, and run by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder, and Aurora Flight Sciences, is a programming tournament that opens the SPHERES satellite research platform to the general public for the first time. The goal of the tournament will be to develop an algorithm related to the recently announced DARPA Phoenix demonstration. The objective of this specific challenge is to write a computer program to control a satellite (called a “Tender”) to enable it to dock with a space object (or POD) that may be tumbling through space. The best algorithm submissions from simulation competitions will be tested in zero gravity on real SPHERES satellites aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

To get started, read the offical rules, create a ZR account, and make sure to register for the competition on the tournaments page. Until the start of the competition, familiarize yourself with programming SPHERES using the existing challenges on the website. Note: we will be making several upgrades to the website over the weeks leading up to the tournament, some of which will update the ZR API. Additional materials will be posted to the tournament page in the weeks leading up to the tournament, along with e-mail announcements.


Official Rules

How to Register

Click here to register or click the registration button on the tournaments page. A Zero Robotics account is required to register.

Schedule

The tournament will have four weekly spaced milestone submision deadlines. A finalist will be selected from each of the milestones.

March 28: Start of competition

Updated (April 10):
April 13, 20:00:00 EDT: Milestone 2
April 20, 20:00:00 EDT: Milestone 3
April 30, 20:00:00 EDT: Milestone 4 (Final Submission)

ZRASCC Teams

Sorted by State
Team # Team Name City State
ZRAC #24 SphTest Cydonia
ZRAC #66 protocolocon Madrid
ZRAC #8 muru vaasa -
ZRAC #52 Adrift Valletta -
ZRAC #14 Qhesz Canberra ACT
ZRAC #33 Innomics Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
ZRAC #87 compacters hyderabad andhrapradesh
ZRAC #56 Uranium Pi Peoria AZ
ZRAC #9 31415926 Esslingen Baden Württemberg
ZRAC #23 Sol Cybernetics Duncan BC
ZRHS #47 StemEdge Fremont CA
ZRHS #57 Mira Loma Matadors Sacramento CA
ZRHS #108 Rampaches Temple City CA
ZRHS #124 Westlake Zero Robotics Westlake Village CA
ZRAC #5 Out-of-Plane Labs Los Angeles CA
ZRAC #28 Terminators San Francisco CA
ZRAC #29 RockBot San Francisco CA
ZRAC #31 pmuet San Jose CA
ZRAC #36 LincolnBots Stockton CA
ZRAC #63 LA LA NA NA BOO BOO Los Angeles CA
ZRAC #65 Robo-Skunks Los Angeles CA
ZRAC #74 R&R Pasadena CA
ZRAC #78 TVR Atascadero CA
ZRAC #79 Hamner San Francisco CA
ZRAC #62 Harmonic Drive Bellavista Callao
ZRAC #43 Honeybees Dublin Co. Dublin
ZRAC #83 Nova Wilmington DE
ZRAC #86 Charter Force Wilmington DE
ZRAC #75 Bazinga New Delhi Delhi
ZRAC #61 Torombolos SA Esta Esa
ZRAC #59 ER-IX Esta Este
ZRHS #39 Roach Isotopes Niceville FL
ZRHS #111 Raider Bots Fort Lauderdale FL
ZRAC #6 Sunshine Space Cadets Orlando FL
ZRAC #76 Narwhals of Justice Orlando FL
ZRAC #54 8-Bit Brewery Marietta GA
ZRAC #34 hyperplex Glasgow Glasgow
ZRAC #58 Enigma Kailua-Kona HI
ZRAC #42 MindKrackersrs Solan Himachal Pradesh
ZRAC #70 iZH Hong Kong Hong Kong
ZRHS #1 Team DELTA Post Falls ID
ZRHS #0 Absolute Zero Bonners Ferry ID
ZRAC #15 Oh RE Oh Elgin IL
ZRAC #1 AutoBots West Lafayette IN
ZRAC #67 Sunday Programmers Padova ITALY
ZRAC #32 AdventureForLife Bangalore Karnataka
ZRAC #38 KTU Kaunas Kauno apskritis
ZRHS #79 Cougar Robotics Shawnee KS
ZRAC #69 6 Manhattan KS
ZRAC #18 Yevgen_team Kyiv Kyiv
ZRAC #51 G9 Lagos Lagos
ZRAC #21 YunluLi London London
ZRAC #0 ZRAC Staff Team Cambridge MA
ZRAC #48 Antariksh Pune Maharashtra
ZRAC #64 /dev/team0 Winnipeg Manitoba
ZRAC #37 Future English Majors of America Silver Spring MD
ZRAC #46 Fuzzy Logic Silver Spring MD
ZRAC #53 Team Oscillate Rockville MD
ZRAC #73 SMCS Falcons Poolesville MD
ZRAC #16 DeepMAlice Bloomfield Hills MI
ZRAC #20 Cardinal Labs Ann Arbor MI
ZRAC #82 MercuryLampe Houghton MI
ZRAC #60 Team SpaceCase Kirksville MO
ZRAC #10 codenet moscow moscow area
ZRAC #11 free radicals Laurel MT
ZRAC #57 PBO Chapel Hill NC
ZRAC #68 Acme Droids Dover NH
ZRHS #76 y0b0tics! Montclair NJ
ZRAC #35 WOLF KABOB ROTH VANTAGE Millstone NJ
ZRAC #40 The Catcher in the Skye Sparta NJ
ZRAC #55 The Quark Charm Branchburg NJ
ZRAC #89 Kasper Fairfield NJ
ZRAC #81 bpdoh dartmouth nova scotia
ZRAC #77 jnfnt hamilton nsw
ZRHS #94 Team Alpha-Tech Staten Island NY
ZRHS #4 Stuy-Naught New York NY
ZRAC #71 !Stuy New York City NY
ZRAC #90 bootloggers Columbia Station OH
ZRAC #50 Kepler London ON
ZRAC #88 ~Tilde ~ Ottawa ON
ZRAC #4 Just Common Sensor Toronto Ontario
ZRAC #13 Wing Zero Kingston Ontario
ZRAC #47 Colonials Uniontown PA
ZRAC #72 Nitro Eagleville PA
ZRAC #84 Banane Rosa Pisa Pisa
ZRAC #19 BlindSatellite Grasse Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur (PACA)
ZRAC #41 polyZeroGravity montreal Quebec
ZRAC #80 Striders Pilani Rajasthan
ZRAC #30 UTFSM1 Santiago RM
ZRHS #102 Pirate Squad Hartsville SC
ZRAC #27 SkINet Charleston SC
ZRAC #25 Spherites Dell Rapids SD
ZRAC #44 CS373 Mansoura Select one...
ZRAC #45 QuantIsRocketScience Seoul South Korea
ZRAC #26 RUS-Team Abakan The Republic of Khakassia
ZRAC #22 Blarglebot Baytown TX
ZRAC #2 Salt Lake City Constant Angular Velocity Salt Lake City UT
ZRAC #3 Honor Chest, Inner Eye Centreville VA
ZRAC #12 NoVA FALLS CHURCH VA
ZRAC #49 Space Cowboys Chesapeake VA
ZRAC #39 Zenith Kolkata West Bengal
ZRAC #7 Tumbleweed Birmingham West Midlands
ZRAC #17 LonelyShark Moratuwa Western Province
ZRAC #85 FlyingRobot Kuala Lumpr Wilayah Persekutuan

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Week 1 Leaderboard

Team Name Country Score Rank
Spain 4.4958 1
Canada 3.7977 2
United States 3.3015 3
United States 2.2133 4
United States 0.2804 5
United States 0.1375 6
United States -0.1537 7
United States -0.6477 8
India -1.8298 9
United States -1.8860 10
United States -1.9426 11
United States -2.2285 12
United States -2.3223 13
United States -2.7325 14

Match History

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The chart below plots win and loss counts for the current submission against the ranks of the opponents. The team's rank is the opponent rank against which it is calculated to have a 50% chance of winning, shown at the line between the green and red regions.

Matches

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Run Date SPH1 (Blue) Score SPH2 (Red) Score W/L/T  

Week 2 Leaderboard

Team Name Country Score Rank
United States 2.9175 1
United States 1.8584 2
Spain 1.6155 3
Canada 1.5329 4
United States 0.8117 5
United States 0.6525 6
United States 0.2827 7
United States 0.1783 8
United States -0.3333 9
United States -0.8443 10
United States -1.2412 11
United States -1.3557 12
United States -1.4869 13
United States -2.0059 14
United States -2.5204 15

Match History

Back to Results
Click a time point below to show matches. Drag a box to zoom in. Double click to zoom out.
The chart below plots win and loss counts for the current submission against the ranks of the opponents. The team's rank is the opponent rank against which it is calculated to have a 50% chance of winning, shown at the line between the green and red regions.

Matches

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Run Date SPH1 (Blue) Score SPH2 (Red) Score W/L/T  

Week 3 Leaderboard

Team Name Country Score Rank
United States 4.1821 1
United States 3.6644 2
United States 1.6163 3
United States 1.2122 4
United States -0.1194 5
United States -0.8333 6
Canada -1.3889 7
United States -2.2222 8
United States -2.7778 9
United States -3.0556 10

Match History

Back to Results
Click a time point below to show matches. Drag a box to zoom in. Double click to zoom out.
The chart below plots win and loss counts for the current submission against the ranks of the opponents. The team's rank is the opponent rank against which it is calculated to have a 50% chance of winning, shown at the line between the green and red regions.

Matches

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Run Date SPH1 (Blue) Score SPH2 (Red) Score W/L/T  

Week 4 Leaderboard

Team Name Country Score Rank
United States 3.4403 1
United States 2.7388 2
United States 2.2729 3
Canada 2.0857 4
United States 0.8896 5
United States 0.6228 6
United States 0.4293 7
United States 0.1192 8
Spain -0.8371 9
United States -1.3637 10
United States -2.9167 11
United States -3.3333 12
Canada -3.9583 13

Match History

Back to Results
Click a time point below to show matches. Drag a box to zoom in. Double click to zoom out.
The chart below plots win and loss counts for the current submission against the ranks of the opponents. The team's rank is the opponent rank against which it is calculated to have a 50% chance of winning, shown at the line between the green and red regions.

Matches

Sort by Score Sort by Date
Run Date SPH1 (Blue) Score SPH2 (Red) Score W/L/T  

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