The event is also a meeting place for representatives of the European world of science and business interested in the use of space and robotic technologies.
The special guests of previous editions of the ERC were, among others Steve Jurczyk – former deputy head of NASA, Harrison Schmitt – NASA astronaut and member of the legendary Apollo 17 mission, and Tim Peake – an astronaut of the European Space Agency, who ran the London Marathon during his stay on the International Space Station.
This year’s edition of the ERC took place on the campus of the Kielce University of Technology on September 10-12, 2021, and one of its greatest attractions was a special Martian track, the so-called Mars Yard, where teams from around the world competed with each other, using rovers designed by them, completing tasks similar to those that robots will have to face during real Martian missions. This year’s competition participants competed in two formulas: stationary (ON-SITE) and remote (REMOTE).
ERC is also a zone of inspiration – an exhibition space where event guests have the opportunity to learn about the technologies presented, take part in workshops and talk about space with enthusiasts of this field of science.
The Spartaqs company, with the courtesy of the Kielce University of Technology, had the opportunity to present at the university’s stand its proposal for the construction of a Martian vehicle, capable of performing complex research missions, including reconnaissance flights in areas with reduced atmosphere density, thanks to the presence of a dronoid on board the vehicle, increasing the range of research possibilities with the use of Martian rovers.
More about the construction of Fobos & Deimos is told by Sławomir Huczała, Co-owner and Chief Constructor of Spartaqs and the Rector of the Kielce University of Technology, prof. dr hab. eng. Zbigniew Koruba in video footage #PŚk called “A real gem of the #ERC inspiration zone”
We also congratulate the Impuls Team Polska of the Kielce University of Technology, who this year became the #ERC2021 winners for the fourth time, beating 40 teams from around the world qualified for the final stage of the competition in the Mars Rover competition on the Mars Yard track.