The European Rover Challenge 2020

Let's take a look at the first remote edition of the largest space and robotics event in Europe.

May 26, 2023


Aleksandra Szczepaniak

The European Rover Challenge is the biggest international robotics and space competition in Europe. University teams from around the world build their own Martian robots that have to face tasks similar to those performed by rovers on the surfaces of Mars and the Moon. In this article, you're going to learn a bit about the 2020 edition of the ERC, one that introduced the remote formula of the event.

Leo Rover in the European Rover Challenge 2020

There’s no Rover Challenge without a proper rover, that’s for sure. When the European Rover Challenge reached out to us, asking if we'd be down to help them bring the idea of the remote edition of the competition to life, we had no doubts about its success. We went all hands on deck to develop the technology and organize a way for the registered teams to use Leo Rovers remotely in one of the biggest Mars yards on Earth.

Leo Rover with gear in ERC
Leo Rover at ERC 2020

About The ERC 2020 Edition

The ERC 2020 was the sixth edition of this international space and robotics event. It was hosted by the Kielce University of Technology and took place on 11-13 September. Over 60 teams from all over the world picked up the gauntlet and participated in the competition.

The sixth edition of the European Rover Challenge was the first one to allow participants from universities all over the world to join in the challenge remotely, giving birth to the ERC Remote Edition. From their countries, the contestants remotely piloted the robot moving around the world's biggest artificial Martian course located in Kielce, Poland.

A few novelties awaited the participants of the ERC 2020, including regulations and rules changes. To better align with both the needs of the space industry and the robotics trends, specific elements within the field tasks were updated.

The impact of the ERC

Since 2014, the ERC has been bridging the gap between space exploration and the general public, while emphasizing the growing influence of modern technologies in our daily lives. The event has gained immense recognition, evident through its widespread popularity among viewers. 

The ERC creates a unique opportunity for each participant to empower their own qualifications and showcase their skills in front of representatives of the world of science and business, the new tech sector, and a diverse audience.

Desperate times call for remote ERC

Although 2020 was a tough year in terms of student competitions worldwide, the ERC allowed participants from universities all over the world to remotely take part in the challenge, making the ERC Remote Edition the only such competition that actually took place in 2020.

Feel free to check out our posts on the 2021 and 2022 editions of the ERC.

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