Virtual RobotX (VRX) Competition 2022

Virtual RobotX (VRX) Competition 2022

In preparation for the 2022 Maritime RobotX Challenge in Australia, 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) and the VRX Competition. 

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 built by OR and the NPS. 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.


-    VRX 2022 Introduction – released June 16 ➡️ 

-    Tutorials – coming July 2021

-    Workshop & Kickoff – October 2021

-    Competition Phase 1 – December 2021

-    Competition Phase 2 – March 2022

-    Finals – April 2022

-    Bonus Challenge (Exclusively for RobotX 2022 Teams) – May-August 2022


This is a unique opportunity, and all students are encouraged to use VRX and participate in the VRX Competition. More details on the tool and how to complete will be posted to the website soon. For further questions, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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