There were 24 students teams from all over the world competing, including those from the USA, Australia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt and India. Poland was represented by 12 teams.
Robots constructed by students performed tasks in the conditions that simulated those on Mars. Rovers competed in four disciplines: engineering, transport, geology and service. Their tasks included changing switches in the reactor, current measurement, picking up a subassembly from a spare parts storehouse and making a defined tour without a camera view.
The competition was judged by a team of Polish and international specialists in remote sensing, satellite navigation and planetary geology.
The special guest was Harrison Schmitt – a renowned geologist, university professor and former NASA astronaut who took part in the Apollo 17 mission.
The European Rover Challenge was held in the Regional Science and Technology Centre in Podzamcze near Chęciny (świętokrzyskie province).
Photos © Anna Karahan
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