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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Students of the Silesian University of Technology constructed a Mars rover

Silesian Phoenix team from Student Scientific Association dealing with Application of Artificial Intelligence Methods AI-METH have constructed an unusual robot– a Mars rover - for exploration of planets. The Phoenix I robot made an excellent presentation at the European Rover Challenge 2018 - Europe's largest robotics and space competition for students from around the world.

During their debut in the European Rover Challenge 2018, which took place at the Museum of Nature and Technology in Starachowice, our students won 19th place among 65 teams from 20 different countries.
- The competition was quite a challenge, but at the same time, it was also a possibility to test the unique tracked chassis and the original manipulator and the sampler. The competition was quite large, so as the debutants, we are very much pleased with the 19th position in the competition, it is a great experience and adventure for us- says Marcin Nagi, the coordinator for the organization of the Silesian Phoenix. - In the upcoming years we want to modernize the rover and fight for a better position on the podium - he adds.
The eliminations took several months. Participants were tested in four different competitions: science task, in which the task of the  Martian robot was to take a sample of soil from deeper layers of Mars Yard and secure it for testing; maintenance task, in which the rover had to overcome the earlier planned route, turn the switches to correct positions, perform the measurement of electrical parameters and observation of the control panels; collection task, during which the robot overcame a difficult path, searched for a hidden object and transported it to a designated place and finally, the traverse task, when all the teams had to reach the indicated locations in Mars Yard with a robot.
The Silesian Phoenix team consists of two supervisors and fourteen students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science and the Faculty of Architecture at the Silesian University of Technology, belonging to the inter-faculty Student Scientific Association, Application of Artificial Intelligence Methods AI-METH. The team operates at the Institute of Fundamentals of Machinery Design. The project implemented by the Silesian Phoenix took place under the patronage of the City of Gliwice.

Created: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 11:29 AM, by: Joanna Hanak
Last modified: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 11:49 AM, by: Grzegorz Kłapyta
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