Computer networks provide end-to-end network connectivity for autonomous teams of robots, keeping them on task and connected with their handlers. Applications include search and rescue missions in hazardous environments and the mapping of buildings and terrain in advance of the arrival of human fighters. Navies overcome the duration issue and routinely use unmanned underwater vehicles as scouting submarines, supporting port security, enemy port scouting and surveys at depths inaccessible to humans.
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DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a competition of robot systems and software systems with the aim of developing robots capable of assisting humans in disaster response. The focus of the challenge is to develop robots with task-level autonomy that can operate in hazardous disaster zones.