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European Rover Challenge as a recognizable international brand

Recruitment to the 5th edition of the European Rover Challenge has been completed – as many as 56 teams from 16 countries and 6 continents have applied to participate in the competition this year. The best teams will compete for a place on the podium during the finals which will take place between 13 and 15 September 2019 on the Kielce University of Technology campus. The challenge enjoys increased interest from companies and institutions operating within the international space sector, including PERASPERA – the European Space Robotics Cluster.

 Participation of European teams in the challenge is growing. This year they constitute 60% of all applications. We have 17 completely new teams from all over the world. They also include those who attended the ERC 2018 as viewers in order to prepare for the challenge this year – says Magda Worytko, European Rover Challenge International Teams Coordinator – We note that the challenge gains international recognition. High level of tasks that the teams face makes them verify their skills more carefully already at the stage of submitting their initial documentation. More and more often applications are sent by teams that have experience in participating in various robotics challenges around the world – she adds.

For the teams participation in the project and the ERC finals is a great opportunity to extend universities’ programme requirements to practical experience in making documentation compliant with the requirements of NASA and ESA, solving technical challenges that the teams have to face and solve on the spot as well as mastering their skills and competencies. As a result, every year graduates and young engineers complete more advanced projects. It is with them in mind that in the previous edition of ERC the organisers created the ERC Pro formula which will be continued this year.

The formula is also addressed to start-ups, companies, research groups and people working in the broader field of robotics.  The ERC Pro formula gives young professionals unique possibilities both due to mutual inspiration regarding innovative solutions in space technologies, robotics, automation, etc. as well as support in starting international cooperation, presenting their constructions to potential investors or commercialising some technological solutions. For the university teams this is an opportunity to have a direct contact and talk to more experienced teams and specialists. The challenge also enjoys increased interest from companies and institutions operating in the international space sector, including the PERASPERA Cluster. The recruitment of projects in the ERC Pro formula is still open.

Recruitment of exhibitors to the Scientific and Technological Show Zone has also started. It is dedicated to everyone who want to find out more about the space, space-related technologies, robotics as well as their significance and possibilities of practical application in various spheres of life, including the industry, medicine, agriculture or education.

The 5th edition of the ERC will also be accompanied by a conference attended by representatives of the world of science and business from Poland and abroad as well as mentoring and business workshops for the teams.

The European Rover Challenge 2019 is co-organised by the European Space Foundation, Mars Society Polska, Starachowice Special Economic Zone and the Kielce University of Technology.

The event is organised under the honorary patronage of the European Space Agency, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Polish Space Agency and Świętokrzyskie Province Marshal. The event partners have also been joined by Mathworks and Austrian Space Forum (OeWF).

The full list of registered teams:

Team name
University affiliation
Country 
µRoboSpace
Poznan University of Technology
Poland
A.R.E.S.
Netaji Subhas University of Technology
India
AGH Space Systems
AGH University of Science and Technology
Poland
Alma-X
University of Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum
Italy
Ancha Space Technologies
Basaksehir Living Lab (an Incubation Center – http://basaksehir-livinglab.com/BLL/home/)
Turkey
ARGO
Bialystok University of Technology
Poland
ASTRA (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
India
Astra Robotics (RV College of Engineering)
RV College of Engineering
India
AUST Little Step
Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology
Bangladesh
BLUEsat
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Australia
BRACU Mongol-Tori
BRAC University
Bangladesh
Cocodile Rover
West Pomeranian University of Technology (ZUT)
Poland
Continuum
University of Wrocław
Poland
D.I.A.N.A.
Polytechnic University of Turin
Italy
Ekush
Military Institute of Science and Technology
Bangladesh
FRoST – Frankfurt Robotic Science
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Germany
Fupla
Kielce University of Technology
Poland
Hacettepe Rover
Hacettepe University
Turkey
IMPULS
Kielce University of Technology
Poland
Interplanetar
BANGLADESH UNIVERSITY OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY(BUET)
Bangladesh
ITU Rover
Istanbul Tech
Turkey
IUT Avijatrik
Islamic University of Technology
Bangladesh
IUT Mars Rover
Islamic University of Technology(IUT)
Bangladesh
Kameleon
Opole University of Technology
Poland
KNR
Warsaw University of Technology
Poland
Legendary Rover
Rzeszow University of Technology, Rzeszow
Poland
LU_Durbar
Leading University
Bangladesh
ManSEDS
University of Manchester, UK
United Kingdom
MarsWorks
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
MISC
University of Stavanger
Norway
MWT Robotics
Alexandria University
Egypt
NSU Mars Ex
North South University
Bangladesh
Ogrodoot
Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology
Bangladesh
Orion
Lublin University of Technology
Poland
OU Planetary Robotics Students
Open University
United Kingdom
OzU Rover
Ozyegin University
Turkey
PCz Rover
Czestochowa University of Technology
Poland
Pioneers
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Poland
Project Scorpio
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Poland
Raptors
Lodz University of Technology
Poland
Reactor
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Universidad de Lima
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina
Peru
Robocol
Universidad de los Andes
Colombia
Robotics for Space Exploration (RSX)
University of Toronto
Canada
RoverOva
TU Ostrava
Czech Republic
SEDS Sri Lanka – Robotics and Rover Division
Sri Lanka
SEDS VIT
Vellore Institute of Technology
India
Silesian Phoenix
Silesian University of Technology
Poland
SKA Robotics
Warsaw University of Technology
Poland
Sooner Rover
University of Oklahoma
USA
Space Concordia – Robotics Division
Concordia University
Canada
Ten In Black
Mansoura University
Egypt
UASK ROVER
Yıldız Technical University
Turkey
UCL Rover
University College London
United Kingdom
University of Warsaw Rover
University of Warsaw
Poland
VDESIGN
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa im. Stanisława Pigonia w Krośnie
Poland
WARR Exploration
Technical University Munich – Chair of Astronautics
Germany


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