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Media Converge

IRL Research has been widely covered by numerous media outlets such as ABC News, Time Warner Cable, USA Today, The Associated Press, Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine, Aviation Week, and Discovery Channel Canada. The winning of the Centennial Challenge was highlighted as one of the top NASA stories in 2015 and 2016 by NASA TV. These success stories were also reported in the FY2016 and FY2017 President’s NASA budget requests.


- Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada, April 2017

-What Happened This Year @ NASA,” NASA, Dec 2016

- “This Week @ NASA – Sept. 9, 2016, Sep. 25, 2015, Jun. 19, 2015,” NASA

-What Happened This Year @ NASA,” NASA, Dec 2015

-It Ain't Rocket Science,” NY1 and Time Warner Cable’s Local News Channels, Oct 2015

- Live TV interview on Good Morning Washington, Sep 2015

-Rover Reloaded,” NASA 360, Sep 2015

- “WVU Makes History at NASA Robotics Competition,” WBOY, Jun 2015

- “Rise of the Rovers,” NASA 360, Sep 2014


- "Video Friday, April 2017, Feb 2016, April 2015," IEEE Spectrum Robotics Blog

- "NASA Reveals the Unknown in 2016," NASA, Dec 2016

- "From a Massachusetts Field to the Plains of Mars," Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine, Nov 2016

- "From Mars to a Greenhouse Near You: WVU Team Transitions Robot from Rover to Pollinator," WVU Today, Nov 2016, Engineering WV Magazine, Mar 2017, WVU Magazine, Spring 2017

- "Award-Winning WVU Robotics Team Visits Brownsville Area Middle School," Herald Standard, Nov 2016

- "US Team Wins USD 750k NASA Award for Sample-Retrieving Robot," Business Standard, Oct 2016

- "NASA's Mars Rover Prototype Challenge Ends; $750K Awarded for Autonomous Technology," Top Examiner, Oct 2016

- "NASA Awards $750K in Sample Return Robot Challenge for Autonomous Technology," NASA, Sep 2016

- "West Virginia University Students Win Robotics Competition," The Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Yahoo Tech, USA Today, ASEE, CNS News, News Times, The Hour, the News & Observer, Midland Daily News, Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Pi, SFGATE, WTOP, The State Journal, Neuron, among others, Sep 2016

- "West Virginia University's Cataglyphis Robot Wins NASA Robotics Mission," Nature World News, Sep 2016

- "Determined WVU Students are First, and Now Only, Winners of NASA Robot Competition," WVU Today, Video, Sep 2016

- "After 5 Years, NASA has a Centennial Challenge Winner," WPI News, Sep 2016

- "WVU Team Wins NASA Robot Challenge," Herald Standard, The Dominion Post, Sep 2016

- "Robots Take Over WPI; One Leaves with $750,000 and Technology that Could Get to Mars," MassLive, Sep 2016

- "NASA Awards $750K at WPI to Winner of Robot Competition," Telegram, Sep 2016

- "SpaceTech: Why NASA Had To Organize A Treasure Hunt For Robots?" Being Judgemental, Sep 2016

- "NASA Ran a Treasure Hunt for Robots to Develop Space Exploration Tech," Motherboard, Sep 2016

- "WVU Team Preps for Upcoming Sample Return Robot Challenge," WVU Today, Aug 2016

- "Navigation Progress for Indoors and UAVs," GPS World, Jul 2016

- "NASA President's Budget Request," FY 2017, page 383, FY 2016, page 351

- "Strengthening Our Space Technology Future: Snapshots of Success," NASA, Space Daily, Jan 2016

- "New Robot on the Block," WVU Magazine, Nov 2015

- "NASA, U.S. Senate Welcome Robot Challenge Winners to Washington," NASA, Sep 2015

- "WVU Engineering Students Honored on Capitol Hill for Historic Victory in NASA Robotics Competition," WVU Today, Sep 2015

- "The Week In Technology, July 13-17, 2015," Aviation Week, Jul 2015

- "NASA Funds Five Teams to Study Inventive Ideas for Aviation," NASA, Jul 2015

- "Cataglyphis by WVU Students," Robotic Magazine, Jul 2015

- "WVU Engineering Students Make History and Bring Home $100,000 Award in NASA Robotics Competition," WVU Today, Video, Jun 2015

- "Student Mechanics, Engineers win $100,000 at NASA Competition," The Daily Athenaeum, Jun 2015

- "NASA's Robot Event Challenges, Robots, Engineers," Computer World, Jun 2015

- "WVU Students Grab NASA Robotics Challenge Prize," Campus Technology, i360 Education, Jun 2015

- "NASA Awards $100,000 to Winning Team of Robot Challenge," NASA, AUVSI, NASDAQ, AeroMorning, Aerospace & Defense News, Fire News, Imperial Valley, Individual, Inside Unmanned Systems, Robot Globe, SolidWorks, Jun 2015

- "NASA Robotics Event Won by WVU Team," Beacon Transcript, Jun 2015

- "WVU Team Gets $100,000 from NASA in Robotics Challenge," The Associated Press, Herald-Dispatch, WV Public Broadcasting, Charleston Gazette, Washington Times, Inter-Mountain, Times Post, Times Union, WCHS-TV, Miami Herald, South Florida Times, among others, Jun 2015

- "WPI Festival: Thousands Explore the Future in TouchTomorrow," Telegram, Jun 2015

- "A Week in the Park," NASA's Technology Innovation e-zine, Apr, 2015

- "Complexity of Sample Return Robot Competition Challenges 17 Teams," NASA, June 2014

- "WVU Robotics Team, First-Time Competitor, Becomes Only Team to Complete First Level in NASA's Sample Return Robot Challenge This Year," WVU Today, Jun, 2014

- "WVU Researchers Study Ways Aircraft Can Safely Operate, Save Fuel in Nation's Airspace," WVU Today, Jun, 2014

- "WVU's Gu to Study Safety of New-Generation Aircraft," WVU Today, Oct, 2012

- "Development of UAV-Based Remote Sensing Capabilities for Highway Applications," UTC Spotlight Newsletters, U.S. DOT, Feb, 2012