The European Rover Challenge is the largest international robotics and space competition in Europe. University teams from around the world build their own Martian robots, and then take part in competitions similar to the tasks performed by rovers on the surfaces of Mars and the Moon.

Participation in the ERC competition is a unique opportunity for each competitor to improve their own competences and present their skills in front of representatives of the world of science and business, the new-tech sector and the general public. The new, hybrid ERC formula allows all willing teams to take part in the competition, regardless of which place on Earth they are during the event. Remote control of robots not only equalizes the chances of all participants, but also brings the course of the competition even closer to the real working conditions of NASA or ESA teams. Through a specially designed virtual platform, imitating the largest artificial Martian track in the smallest details, the teams will have to create the appropriate algorithms and program the robot to compete in field competitions. During the ERC2021 teams can compete both in ON-SITE and REMOTE formulas.

News

ERC 2021 Schedule

March 15th, 2021

Team registration for ERC 2021

April 2nd, 2021

ONSITE – Update of the Rules (e.g. Scoring)

April 15th, 2021

REMOTE – Preliminary Report Delivery

May 1st, 2021

REMOTE – Qualification A / Platform Setup Freeze / Update of Rules

May 20th, 2021

ONSITE – Preliminary Report Delivery

May 28th–29th, 2021

REMOTE – 1st Test Drive: Science and Navigation Task

June 9th–10th, 2021

REMOTE – 1st Test Drive: Maintenance Task

June 20th, 2021

ONSITE – Qualification

July 16–17th, 2021

REMOTE – 2nd Test Drive: Science and Navigation Task

July 20th–21nd, 2021

REMOTE – 2nd Test Drive: Maintenance Task

July 22nd, 2021

REMOTE – Environment Update (MAINTENANCE); 3rd Test Drive (Qualification B Task Desc. and Scoring); Update of the rules 3

July 30th, 2021

REMOTE – Video Material Delivery

July 30th–31st, 2021

REMOTE – 3rd Test Drive: Science and Navigation Task

July 31st, 2021

ONSITE – Video Material Delivery & Final Report Delivery

August 10th–11th, 2021

REMOTE – 3rd Test Drive: Maintenance Task

August 15th, 2021

ONSITE – RF Form Delivery

ERC2021 ASSET REPOSITORY

All questions regarding the ERC2021 competition should be sent to: teams@roverchallenge.eu

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can apply to participate in the competition?

ERC is a university team competition; therefore, a minimum of 75% of the team must be students, Ph.D. students, or recent graduates. Collaboration with specialists from different fields is allowed, but the team members' documentation required for the competition should be prepared only. More than one team may compete within the same university. For more information, please refer to the regulations, which you can download from our website.

When and how can we apply with our team to the next edition of ERC?

The current registration schedule can be found on our website, under the Competitor Zone tab. If you want to register your team, start by reading the rules and regulations to see all the necessary information. The schedule for each edition appears at the end of each calendar year. Registration begins at the end of January. If your team meets the requirements, download the attachments included in the regulations, fill them out and send them to us at teams@roverchallenge.eu. Remember that it is necessary to send ALL data listed in the regulations and the consent form. You will find updated registration information (deadline reminders, etc., on our social media).

What should the team that applies to the competition for the first time pay attention to?

First of all, do not underestimate the phase of preparing the documentation. Many teams treat it as an introduction to further activities, but it is a very important element of the competition. First, the ability to prepare it is essential in the work of most engineers. Secondly, the number of teams that will take part in the competition is limited and it is on the basis of the documentation that the jury will decide whether you will be part of that group.

Will the ERC organizers help us find sponsors?

No. We are not able to provide such support equally for all teams and it would not be fair to help a few chosen ones. We try to help you by giving up on the entry fee. Besides, searching for sponsors on your own is very important and will be a valuable lesson for you in the future. It is worth considering from the very beginning whether and how you can commercialize your work in order to prove to potential sponsors that it is worth investing in you.

Do we have to pay to enter the competition?

Registration and participation in the competition do not require any fees to the organizer.

Does the hybrid form of the competition mean that we cannot be in the place where the Martian track is located?

This year, for the first time, competitors will compete in two formulas – REMOTE and ON-SITE. Therefore, the remote control of robots is to level the playing field for all participants and allow teams to start anywhere in the world. So there is no objection to you being near the track, but you must remember that you are subject to the same rules as other participants even then. Even if you are close to the robot, you must control it using the platform prepared for this purpose. In addition, one of the rules associated with the hybrid formula of the competition is the so-called "no peeking." Any attempt to peep can be punished with disqualification.

What prizes can the winners of the #ERC2021 competition expect?

The main prize in the ON-SITE formula is a 2500 USD voucher. The sponsor of the award is Astronika

The main prize in the REMOTE formula is a 1250 USD voucher. The sponsor of the award is GMV

JURY

Marcin Wygachiewicz

Head of the Jury Board – ERC2021

I have been working at SENER Poland since 2015. Previously, I worked as a Design Engineer for one of the leading manufacturers of turbine components for the Oil & Gas and avia on industry. Then I worked as YGT in the Mechanisms Section of the European Space Agency in ESTEC, Netherlands. At SENER Poland, I am responsible, among others, for development of deployment mechanisms and hold-down and release mechanisms (ATHENA, PROBA-3, SAOCOM) and the clamping mechanism (e.Deorbit). This is the fourth edition of the European Rover Challenge during which I am involved in judging the competition as well as evaluating presenttions and documentation provided by the teams.

Szymon Dzwończyk

Head of the Jury Board (REMOTE) – ERC2021

I'm a cofounder of Leo Rover, a mobile robot used by the teams in the Remote Edition. I came a full circle from being a coordinator of Project Scorpio team (Wrocław University of Technology) who won the first ERC and didn't win twice in URC, then being a judge and a commenter in two ERCs, running a company in mobile robotics and ended up coming back as a partner and coorganizer of the competition. I've been on both sides of the Challenge and can honestly say: it's great to be back.

Anna Łosiak

Main judge of the SCIENCE task – ERC2021

Ania is a planetary geologist working at the Polish Academy of Sciences. She focuses on studying impact craters and surficial processes on Mars. She is also involved in various outreach activities and Mars analog missions. She studied geomorphology and sedimentology at the University of Warsaw, geology and meteoritics at the Michigan State University (funded by the Fulbright Graduate Student Award), and finally she obtained PHD at the University of Vienna. She is actively popularising planetary sciences in Poland – in TV, radio, multiple youtube channels, during Pyrkon and many other events. And most importantly, Ania is a main Science Judge and a proud designer of a Mars Yards for European Rover Challenge since 2019.

Krzysztof Walas

Main judge of the MAINTENANCE task (REMOTE) – ERC2021

Assistant professor at the Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (IRIM), Division of Control, Robotics and Electrical Engineering, Poznan University of Technology. He obtained a doctorate in technical sciences in 2012 in the discipline of Automatics and Robotics, specialization in Robotics. His scientific interests are walking robots and the perception of the robots' environment that allows them to interact with the environment based on the laws of physics – recognizing materials and modeling their properties. His internship took place at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Robert Lubański

Marsyard coordinator

Since 2016, the president of Mars Society Poland, with which he has been associated with since 2007. He supports the development of robotics among Polish students, among others, by co-organizing their trips to the University Rover Challenge and coordinating the project to popularize the idea of ​​building Martian robots at Polish technical universities. From the very beginning, he was involved in the organization of the European Rover Challenge in Poland.

QUALIFIED TEAMS

European Rover Challenge 2021

Bangladesh

Team Interplanetar

Formula

REMOTE

University

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh

IUT Mars Rover

Formula

REMOTE

University

Islamic University of Technology (IUT)

Czech Republic

RoverOva

Formula

ON-SITE

University

VŠB-TU of Ostrava

Egypt

Mind Cloud

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University

India

ARES Robotics

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Netaji Subhas University of Technology

India

TEAM ASTRA

Formula

REMOTE

University

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

India

Team Anveshak

Formula

REMOTE

University

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

India

DJS Antariksh

Formula

REMOTE

University

Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering

India

Mars Rover Manipal

Formula

REMOTE

University

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

India

Team Robocon IIT Roorkee

Formula

REMOTE

University

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Germany

STAR Dresden e.V.

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Technische Universität Dresden

Germany

ERIG

Formula

REMOTE

University

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Italy

DIANA

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Politecnico di Torino

Italy

Project Red

Formula

REMOTE

University

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Italy

Alma-X

Formula

REMOTE

University

UNIBO – University of Bologna

Poland

AGH Space Systems

Formula

ON-SITE

University

AGH University of Science and Technology

Poland

Legendary Rover Team

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Rzeszow University of Technology

Poland

Continuum

Formula

REMOTE

University

University of Wroclaw

Poland

Impuls Team

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Kielce University of Technology

Poland

SKA Robotics

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Warsaw University of Technology

Poland

KNR Rover Team

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Warsaw University of Technology

Spain

UPC Space Program

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Switzerland

EPFL Xplore

Formula

ON-SITE

University

EPFL (école polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

Turkey

GTU ROVER

Formula

REMOTE & ON-SITE

University

Gebze Technical University

Turkey

METU ROVER

Formula

REMOTE & ON-SITE

University

Middle East Technical University

Turkey

Red Giant Rover

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Konya Technical University

Turkey

ITU Rover Team

Formula

ON-SITE

University

Istanbul Technical University

Turkey

OzU Rover Team

Formula

REMOTE

University

Özyeğin University

UK

RoboClyde

Formula

REMOTE

University

University of Strathclyde