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A team of Swinburne students has developed a multi robot system that won them first place at the national iNexus Robot Competition and second place at the world final in Mumbai, India.
The competition set teams the challenge of replicating a manned spacecraft mission called Mars Manoeuvre. A manual robot (the spacecraft) must land on Mars and send out a swarm of autonomous robots to collect rock samples (blocks) that are then brought back to the spacecraft in a specified order.
The team built a manual robot that could act as the main command point as well as an autonomous robot tasked with going out onto the grid and bringing back blocks. The key was to ensure that the manual and autonomous robots were able to cooperate and collaborate in performing their respective tasks.

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