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.
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!!
Posted by: Bradley Farnsworth October 30, 2007 10:59 PM | Category:
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