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The Spacecraft Robotics Challenge springs from the Air Force Research Lab's desire to explore new ways to affordably meet the increasing demand for small satellites. It seeks to strengthen ties between the military, industrial, and academic robotics communities and to promote research and development in the application of unstructured automation and robotic assembly concepts to small satellites.

The 2017 Spacecraft Robotics Challenge requires teams to compete to determine who can get their robot to most accurately assemble a series of simplified satelitte assembly steps the quickest. Teams will compete in a series of rounds with the top 10 qualifying for the finals scheduled for November 2-4, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

This is a prize competition. 1st place will be awarded $6,000, 2nd place $3,000 and 3rd place $1,000.

The 2017 Spacecraft Robotics Challenge is a partnership with:

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·      To be eligible to enter, you must a U.S. resident and at least 18 years of age. Team members can be under the age of 18 with parental consent, but the team leader that registers for the event must be at least 18 years of age. 

·      AFRL employees are eligible to enter the Challenge and compete, but they are not eligible to receive prize money.

·      The competition is open to individual entrants or teams of up to six members.

·      Individuals can only be part of a single team.

·      The Team Leader will be the primary registrant for each team, but all Team Members must be listed on the entrance form.

·      Only one person per entrant will be designated Team Leader, and he/she will be the primary point of contact for the Challenge.

·      Every team member must be eligible to participate in the Challenge and comply with these Official Rules, otherwise the team may be disqualified.

·      AFRL-NM must be notified to any changes to team composition by the 29th of September 2017.