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Students from Kielce win the Mars rovers competition in the US

Source: Kielce University of Technology Source: Kielce University of Technology

The Impuls team from Kielce University of Technology won the international competition of Mars rovers - University Rover Challenge, which ended in the United States.

University Rover Challenge (URC) is a prestigious international competition of Mars rovers built by students. It takes place in the American desert in Utah, near the Mars analogue habitat MDRS. Student rovers have a number of tasks to perform.

36 teams from ten countries took part in this year`s competition. As the organizers announced on the competition website, the winner was the Impuls team from the Kielce University of Technology, which scored nearly 363 points. In last year`s competition, the team took the third place. The second place in this year`s event went to the Ryerson Rams Robotics team representing the Ryerson University in Canada. The team from Ryerson scored 329.5 points. The third place on the podium was taken by the American team Stanford Student Robotics from the prestigious Stanford University. The American students scored over 323 points.

Seven other teams from Poland also took part in the competition. The best among them were last year`s competition winners, students from the PCz Rover Team, representing the Częstochowa University of Technology. According to the scores on the contest website, they took fourth place with over 312 points.

Teams from Polish universities have been successfully participating in the University Rover Challenge since 2009. Their first win was in 2011, when the rover Magma2 built at the Białystok University of Technology took the highest place of the podium. Students from the Białystok University of Technology won again in 2013 and 2014 with the rovers Hyperion and Hyperion 2.

The 2015 winners were the Legendary Rover Team from the Rzeszów University of Technology. The Scorpio team from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology took the third place, and the fourth place went to the #next rover built by students from the Białystok University of Technology. The Legendary Rover Team won again in 2016. The Continuum team from the University of Wrocław was third. In 2017, that team took the second place and the PCz Rover Team from the Częstochowa University of Technology was third. In 2018, the PCz Rover Team won the competition, the third place went to the IMPULS team from the Kielce University of Technology, and the fourth place to by the Raptors team from the Lodz University of Technology.

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