October 30, 2007

Day 6: Part Deux!

Howdy friends of DEXTER! The good news is - we're still in the running! DARPA has pared the field down to 23 teams (including Team Case). We'll will compete tomorrow for to land one of the 20 spots in the final competition.

Jolly Roger flies at Team Case

It was touch-and-go today. We uncovered a bug that never manifested itself in simulation during our official run of track B today which cause us to graze a Jersey barrier (or "k-barrier" in California) on the way out of the launch shoot. We were on the verge of elimination after our second failed attempt at track B - Dr. Tether, the DARPA director, gave Dr. Newman "the call." However, we argued back to tell them with confidence that we understood the problem, we've fixed it, and we want to demonstrate that DEXTER is really up to the challenge. Dr. Tether and DARPA decided to give us another shot at "B."

On our second run of "B," DEXTER ran like a champ!! He unofficially had the fastest time to the parking lot at 5 minutes, 14 seconds. He had some trouble in the parking lot, so DARPA ended our run early, but overall, DEXTER ran smoothly and looked like he was operated by a seasoned driver. We have some excellent first-person (first-robot?) video of DEXTER tackling the track, which I'll try to get posted if I can.

So, it's track "C" tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM PST. Wish us luck!!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Go to the Final!!

Posted by JaeJun Lee on October 30, 2007 11:53 PM

AMAZING!!!! You are doing an incredible job. Wishing you all the luck in the world and a good night's sleep!

Posted by Helen on October 31, 2007 03:30 AM

Wow! What a day!!! Be proud of your many accomplishments. We are! Have a great day. Go for it!!! Three Cheers for Team Case. Go Dexter Go!

Posted by Meredith and Oliver on October 31, 2007 04:24 AM

Hooray Team Case!!!! This is fantastic!! Good Luck on track C!

Posted by Barbara McMichael on October 31, 2007 05:20 AM

Good luck, Team!!
We believe you can do it!! Go for it!!

Posted by Moiz Neemuchwala on October 31, 2007 05:51 AM

Good luck, Team!!
We believe you can do it!! Go for it!!

Posted by Moiz Neemuchwala on October 31, 2007 05:51 AM

Good Job Team Case!!! Way to come back into the game! Go Dexter Go!

Posted by Erin Meunier on October 31, 2007 06:37 AM

Good luck! I can't wait to see some of that onboard video.

Posted by Dan Wilkin on October 31, 2007 07:19 AM

The only one that learns faster than DEXTER is Team Case. You guys are doing an INCREDIBLE job. The CSE community is so proud! GOOD LUCK!

Posted by Norman Tien on October 31, 2007 07:42 AM

Way to go Team! All of the Alumni are proud of you! Best of luck today.

Posted by John Massie on October 31, 2007 10:10 AM

If you didn't see this, here is a little more publicity... :)

I hope everything is going well today!

Brad, thanks for updating so quickly (and twice for that matter).

Posted by Josh on October 31, 2007 10:48 AM

I am one of the staff at Case and the mother of Nadav Weinberg. Just wanted to tell you how proud we are of you all. Go Dexter!!!

Posted by Margy on October 31, 2007 10:55 AM

Good luck. But dude, you need to post more details (videos, pictures etc). We are on are toes here in Cleveland.

Posted by Ozzy on October 31, 2007 02:07 PM

Good luck. Dude, you need to post more details here (videos, pictures etc). We are on our toes here in Cleveland.

Posted by GO DEXTER! on October 31, 2007 02:09 PM

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