(Planetary.org) — The European Rover Challenge — the biggest space and robotics event in Europe — took place in Poland in late September. This year, over 300 constructors from 10 countries, including Canada, the U.S., Australia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt and India, competed against each other. Approximately 30,000 people participated in the event. The student-constructed robots performed tasks in conditions simulating the surface of Mars. Rovers competed in five categories: engineering, transport, geology, and service. Their tasks included, inter alia: changing over the switches on a reactor, measuring the current, collecting the subsystem located in the parts storage or completing the set route, without the video from the cameras.
The European Rover Challenge 2015 was organized by the European Space Foundation and the Regional Science-Technology Centre in Podzamcze. The event’s patron was the Polish Ministry of Economy and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ERC’s partners were: ESA European Space Agency, Polish Agency for the Enterprise Development, the Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross) Voivodeship, Astor, WoBit, U.S. Embassy in Poland, Intel, and Mars Society Poland.Tags: European Rover Challenge, European Space Foundation, robotics