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2016 European Rover Challenge Kicks Off

posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:01 PM by Kevin Sloan
The European Rover Challenge (ERC), sister event of the University Rover Challenge (URC), has officially kicked off its 2016 competition!  The message, below, is from the ERC Director.

Dear Teams,

We are glad to invite you to participate in the European Rover Challenge 2016 - the third edition of prestigious European martian rovers’ competition powered by The Mars Society, which will be held on 10-13 September 2016 in Poland.

The main event, the Challenge involving analogues of Mars rovers, is a competition for teams of students and recent graduates of higher education institutions, who, with the help of their faculty, try to first design, build and then, in September, field the best rover. Team Registration will be open till 31st March 2016.

The core of the Challenge are four practical tasks: a science task involving obtaining and analyzing samples, a “blind” navigation task, in which the team will have to guide the rover to a certain destination using just GPS coordinates and no camera input, and two engineering tasks that will require using and repairing equipment. During all of the tasks, the teams will have to control their rovers without seeing them directly. Equally important and scored task is the presentation of the project and its results to the Judges.