2021 edition, News

Poland and India triumph during ERC2021! [list of winners]

Monday, September 13, 2021

ERC Robotic Assistant
ERC Robotic Assistant

Available 24/7, virtual author of numerous publications on roverchallenge.eu.

On Sunday, September 12, 2021, we met the medalists of the international Mars rover competition. The first place was taken by IMPULS (ON-SITE) from Kielce and DJS Antariksh (REMOTE) from India. The ITU Rover Team (ON-SITE) and the German ERIG (REMOTE) were second in the ranking. This year’s podium is closed by EPFL Xplore (ON-SITE) and RoboClyde (REMOTE).

The 7th edition of the ERC competition was held in two formulas for the first time. Teams competed stationary (ON-SITE) and remotely (REMOTE). This year’s competitions took place on a track whose surface is inspired by a fragment of the volcanic plain of Mars called Elysium Planitia. The tasks prepared by the jurors reflected the work of engineers of the largest space agencies during the exploration of Mars.

This year, apart from the three main prizes, additional awards were also granted for achievements in individual categories and fair play competition.

The full list of the awarded and honored ERC2021 teams is as follows:

AWARD TEAM NAME COUNTRY
1ST PLACE ON-SITE IMPULS TEAM POLAND
2ND PLACE ON-SITE ITU ROVER TEAM TURKEY
3RD PLACE ON-SITE EPFL XPLORE SWITZERLAND
1ST PLACE REMOTE DJS ANTARIKSH INDIA
2ND PLACE REMOTE ERIG GERMANY
3RD PLACE REMOTE ROBOCLYDE UK
BEST TEAM IN: NAVIGATION ON-SITE AGH SPACE SYSTEMS POLAND
BEST TEAM IN: NAVIGATION REMOTE DJS ANTARIKSH INDIA
BEST TEAM IN: MAINTENANCE ON-SITE ITU ROVER TEAM TURKEY
BEST TEAM IN: MAINTENANCE REMOTE ERIG GERMANY
BEST TEAM IN: SCIENCE ON-SITE EPFL XPLORE SWITZERLAND
BEST TEAM IN: SCIENCE REMOTE DJS ANTARIKSH INDIA
BEST TEAM IN: PROBING ON-SITE EPFL XPLORE SWITZERLAND
BEST TEAM IN: PRESENTATION ON-SITE AGH SPACE SYSTEMS POLAND
BEST TEAM IN: PRESENTATION REMOTE MARS ROVER MANIPAL INDIA

The main prizes for the winners were funded by Astronika and GMV. In turn, Thales Alenia Space financed an exceptional special award.

Online viewers, as well as people visiting the campus of the Kielce University of Technology, could also take part in numerous and exciting presentations and thematic debates taking place as part of the Inspiration Zone. Among them was a video chat with the associate administrator of NASA – Robert Cabana, who, as he admitted, sincerely regrets that he could not appear in Kielce in person. An additional attraction was the Rover Mechanic Challenge esports tournament organized by the event partner, Pyramid Games.

 

ERC 2021 was co-organized by the European Space Foundation, Special Economic Zone “Starachowice” S.A., Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Kielce University of Technology.

The honorary patronage over the event was taken by the European Space Agency, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Development and Technology, EURISY, Polish Space Industry Association, PIONIER. Kielce is the Host City of the event. The Strategic Partner is the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center.

Event partners: EUSPA, Mars Society Polska, Polish Association of Space Professionals PSPA, Poznań University of Technology, MathWorks, Polish Space Agency, Astronika, LEOrover, Freedom Robotics, GMV.

Supporting partners: U.S. Consulate in Krakow, SENER, Explore Mars, Austrian Space Forum, Regional Tourist Organization of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship ROT, Space Ship, Kielman, Pokojowy Patrol, Pyramid Games.

ERC 2021 media patrons: Spacewatch Global, Technology.org, RMF FM, MyCompany Polska, Space 24, Kosmonauta.net, Spider’s Web, Astrofaza, Space Talks.

Co-financed by the “Social Responsibility of Science” program of the Minister of Education and Science.

 

Photos from the event

Robotics competition

Every year, dozens of teams enter the European Rover Challenge with innovative rover designs.

STEM Exhibit

Discover the vast and exciting world of science through interactive exhibits, educational workshops and insightful discussions.

Conference & Livestream

During the ERC, leading space sector experts, astronauts and scientists discuss space and its impact on our past, present and future.

Join the ERC Community

Sign up to our newsletter! We’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date with interesting articles, videos and other assets associated with the ERC. We promise it’ll be worth it!