The European Rover Challenge 2020

The first remote edition of the largest space and robotics event in Europe.

April 19, 2021

by

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.

Leo Rover in the European Rover Challenge 2020

Leo Rover with gear in ERC
Leo Rover during ERC 2020
source: roverchallenge.eu

There’s no Rover Challenge without a proper rover, that’s for sure. When the European Rover Challenge had reached out to us to ask if we'd be down to help them bring an 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.

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 September 11–13. 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 remotely join in for the challenge, making 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 reflect both the needs of the space industry and the robotics trends, particular elements in the field tasks had been updated.

The impact of the ERC

Since 2014, the ERC has been bringing space closer to the general public and highlighting the expanding role that contemporary technologies play in our lives. The event's reputation is highly meritorious as its popularity with the viewers speaks for itself. 

The ERC creates a unique opportunity for each participant to empower their own qualifications and present their skills in front of representatives of the world of science and business, the new tech sector, and the broad 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 join in for the challenge, making the ERC Remote Edition the only such competition that actually took place in 2020.

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