2013 NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge

Jim Rothrock and Cerberus

Wunderkammer Laboratory's Jim Rothrock of Topanga, Calif. prepares his robot for the NASA 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Rothrock is one of eleven teams competing for a $1.5 million NASA prize purse. Teams will be required to demonstrate autonomous robots that can locate and collect samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human control. The objective of this NASA-WPI Centennial Challenge is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotics technologies. Innovations stemming from the challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Cerberus on the SRRC Course

NASA 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge organizers monitor the Wunderkammer team robot during level one of the challenge at Institute Park, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Eleven teams are competing for a $1.5 million NASA prize purse. Teams will be required to demonstrate autonomous robots that can locate and collect samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human control. The objective of this NASA-WPI Centennial Challenge is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotics technologies. Innovations stemming from the challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


NASA 360 Interview

Jim Rothrock, left, is interviewed for NASA 360. Photo Credit: Unknown


Jim Rothrock and Cerberus

Jim Rothrock of Wunderkammer Laboratory has built an autonomous robot for a NASA competition to develop technology that can retrieve rock samples on Mars, which would then be returned to Earth. Wunderkammer is a returning entrant in the competition's second year. No one won the $1.5 million prize last year. Topanga, CA 5/16/2013. Photo Credit: John McCoy/LA Daily News





2012 NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge

Jim Rothrock Answers Questions

Wunderkammer Laboratory team leader Jim Rothrock, left, answers questions from 8th grade Sullivan Middle School (Mass.) students about his robot Cerberus on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Rothrock's team will compete for a $1.5 million NASA prize in the NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge at WPI. Teams have been challenged to build autonomous robots that can identify, collect and return samples. NASA needs autonomous robotic capability for future planetary exploration. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Robot Discussion

Jim Rothrock, right, discusses Cerberus with astronaut Lee Morin. Photo Credit: Unknown


SRRC Group Photo

NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge teams, NASA management, and challenge organizers pose for a group photograph on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls