RoboNation and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have partnered with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Open Robotics (OR) to bring you Virtual RobotX (VRX)


Virtual RobotX (VRX) is an open-source simulation environment designed as a free tool for students to test autonomous maritime robotics solutions.

In the VRX Competition, robotics teams from around the world will operate their vehicle in a Gazebo-based simulation environment. Students will have the chance to use VRX to develop innovative solutions for an Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) that can beat the challenge tasks in the simulated environment.

The VRX Competition is a part of RoboNation’s advanced robotics program RobotX, however it is independent from the physical Maritime RobotX Challenge – that means you don’t have to compete in RobotX 2022 in order to compete in VRX! 

The VRX Competition is designed as an affordable entry point for teams interested in building skills in maritime autonomy, learning more about simulation environments as a tool, considering competing in RobotX or all the above.

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Competition Eligibility

High School, Undergraduate, Graduate

Competition Dates

Tutorials Available: July 2021
Workshop & Kickoff: October 2021
Phase 1: December 2021
Phase 2: March 2022
Finals: April 2022

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