ARGOS Challenge

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The ARGOS Challenge was a robotic competition sponsored by Total S.A. between 2013 and 2017 and co-organized with Agence nationale de la recherche. The acronym ARGOS stands for Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites.[1]

After a gas leak occurred at the Elgin–Franklin fields and resulted in a months long shut down of production and evacuation of personnel, TOTAL S.A. decided to apply an open-innovation approach to develop robots for increasing the safety of oil and gas production sites.[2]

The competition was won by an Austrian-German team called "Argonauts", consisting of members from Austrian robot maker taurob GmbH and TU Darmstadt with a variant of the taurob tracker robot.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Argos Challenge". Argos Challenge Homepage. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Enhanced Safety Thanks to the ARGOS Challenge". Total Homepage. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Roboter der TU Darmstadt gewinnt internationalen Wettbewerb". Echo Zeitungen GmbH. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ "THE ARGONAUTS ROBOT WINS THE ARGOS CHALLENGE!". Total Group Homepage. Retrieved 13 May 2017.