Leo Rover plays in ERC 2021!

If you are a big fan of new technology or want to see how space exploration can look like nowadays, then the European Rover Challenge (ERC) is definitely for you!

July 14, 2021

by

Paweł Hajduk

If you are a big fan of new technology or want to see how space exploration can look like nowadays, then the European Rover Challenge (ERC) is definitely for you! It’s the biggest space and robotics event in Europe, where students from universities across the whole world are competing with each other to become the best automation and robotic engineers.

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Leo Rover on European Rover Challenge Marsyard


It’s a great opportunity to check your technical and analytical skills as well as innovative thinking since every team is facing a few tasks where they need to manually program our Leo Rover robot to effectively collect data, navigate through artificial Mars land or prepare one of the most important thing in the engineering world-readable and substantive documentation.


Did you know that we took part in ERC even before Leo Rover was created? Back in 2014, when the first edition of ERC had started, our founders took part in the competition with their Project Scorpio Team from Wrocław University of Technology, and after a great fight achieved first place, beating up the other 8 teams! Since then, our story with ERC has developed to a completely different level...


Partnership with ERC

In 2020 Leo Rover joined the ERC competition as an official commercial partner. Every competing team is using our pre-built Leo Rover robot with needed documentation and support from our side to understand every hidden secret of that multifunctional machine. Then the team’s task is to prepare the best software to stand above others in various tests and simulations like navigation to a specific waypoint on a mars yard or looking for interesting geological terrain.
It may sound easy - but when you compete with others every single detail matters. Before the live presentation every team is able to check their performance on a test drive of our simulation, about which you can read here.

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Screenshot from Leo Rover test drive simulation

We are a part of jury

Our colleague and cofounder of Leo Rover - Szymon Dzwończyk is The Head of Jury Board during ERC 2021. It’s a great achievement not only for him but also for all people involved in Leo Rover. “I’ve been on both sides of the Challenge and can honestly say - it’s great to be back” - he says. Szymon is thrilled with new technology, and that’s why he wants to spread it as much as possible - and where else would you be able to find so many tech fans than during the ERC event? :)


How does ERC fulfill our mission?

In the robotic world, you need to spend a lot of time developing a project from scratch. Every material, concept, construction - cost tons of effort, time, and money. If we want to develop faster - some solutions need to be provided first to be able to experiment with our own ideas. 


In Leo Rover we like innovation - but we love growth. It’s simple that first you need a wheel, before making a rover, or a working OS before making any software. And that’s the clue! It’s pointless to lose your attitude because of missing a few lines of code, or a few kilograms of sheet metal. That’s why we provide a complete, fully configurable, and open-source robot to let people develop new solutions for the science world! And where else would you be able to make your solutions come true than during the Rover Challenge? You got a task, and you got a robot - now it’s your turn to rise, and go down in engineer history!


The story has not finished yet

For sure it’s not the last word from Leo Rover on the ERC - even if signs up for the challenge has ended in March 2021 - you can still prepare yourself for the next year, or watch this event live from 10-th to 12-th September 2021 at Kielce University of Technology Campus in Poland, where apart from the Rover Challenge - you will be able to meet Leo Rover robot much closer, and take part in various technology workshops or presentations totally free of charge! And if you are not able to be there physically - you can watch the broadcast online on Astrofaza Youtube channel. Be sure that you won’t miss anything - it’s a chance once per year to see so much attitude and passion for rovers in one place!


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