Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are ASTROBEE satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS. This competition starts online, on MIT’s operating system, where teams control the satellites' speed, rotation, and direction of travel to complete competition objectives. The programming interface and simulation are entirely web-based, so ZR does not require any software downloads or computer configuration. Visit for more information: https://zerorobotics.mit.edu/
Student participants will compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into an Astrobee Satellite. Students’ programs control the satellites' speed, rotation, and direction of travel to complete competition objectives like navigating obstacles while conserving resources such as fuel.
The programs are autonomous - that is, the students are not able to directly control the satellites while they are running.
Students will create, edit, save, and simulate projects online. They will use a graphical editor to write code, then simulate their programs immediately and see the results using a simulation. The programming interface and simulation are entirely web-based, so ZR does not require any software downloads or computer configuration.
Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT. This year, NASA’s next-generation free-flyer, Astrobee, replaces the previously used hardware used for Zero Robotics, the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hole Engage Reorient Experimental Satellites).
The camp is FREE.
The dates and times for the 2024 camp are subject to change.
We anticipate Zero Robotics to take place from June 24 – August 2, 2024
From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on USC campus.
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Published on April 24th, 2023
Last updated on November 13th, 2023