The ERC is a thrilling spectacle that showcases the best of the best in planetary exploration. With tasks designed to replicate the challenges faced by real-life rovers on Mars and the Moon, it’s a chance for the new generation of engineers to demonstrate their skills and creativity on a global stage under the watchful eye of leading industry experts and space agencies’ deputies. Visit the ERC and witness dozens of international rover teams vying for victory!
Students from technical universities around the world form teams and design unique rovers. After few months of hard work their concepts are validated by space sector professionals from acknowledged companies & associations. When qualified to the finals, teams further test their prototypes on a geologically realistic Martian terrain in a number of demanding tasks based on real NASA and ESA missions.

Simulated Martian surface

The European Rover Challenge Marsyard is a unique installation designed by planetary geologists, inspired by a selected part of the Red Planet. Active volcanoes, impact craters, traces of water activity – these are just some of the elements of the track. The so-called Marsyard attracts the attention of scientists from around the world because of its faithful reproduction of Martian geological processes.
ERC Chief Science Officer
Our Marsyard showcases processes that shape the landscape of the Red Planet: we create a complex geological puzzle consisting of numerous impact craters, dunes, dry river valleys, and various volcanic features that very few people can solve. To make things even more absurdly complicated, our Marsyard is different each year and represents a distinct region of the Red Planet.

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Participant lineup

Each year, the European Rover Challenge sees dozens of teams joining with innovative rover concepts. The top contenders will earn their spot in the competition finals, prompting us to wonder: which country will showcase the most potent representation?
Participant lineup will be available soon!

Shaping the new generation

Participation in the event enables competitors to meet with the world’s most prominent institutions’ experts from NASA, European Space Agency, EUSPA, German Aerospace Center (DLR), International Space University, and International Astronautical Federation, and furthermore validate their business ideas with leading companies in the European space sector, such as Thales Alenia Space, Airbus, and GMV.

Competitor Zone

Thinking about joining the competition? Head over to the ERC Competitor zone to find out more about the rules, guidelines, and registration requirements!

ERC Teams archive

Find out more about the Teams that take part in the rover challenge each year and follow their path to victory!​

ERC Industry Certification

The certification serves as a credible validation of participants’ skills, competence, and expertise in the field of space and robotics.