International Success from ITU Rover Team

by İTÜ | May 06, 2020
With its unmanned ground vehicle, the ITU Rover Team ranked 3rd among 36 teams in the University Rover Challenge competition, the world's most prestigious rover competition held in the USA, sponsored by Mars Society and NASA. İTÜ Rover Team, the first Turkish team to participate in the contest in 2017, continued this success and became the first Turkish Team to achieve the 3rd place in the competition.

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 Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Rover Team, which continues its studies on planetary exploration robots, was placed in the competition by representing our country at the University Rover Challenge with its newly designed 4th generation Rovers. ITU Rover Team received 92.78 points from the jury with the unmanned ground vehicle designed by AXA Insurance, in which 93 teams from many countries applied and 36 teams were finalized as a result of the elimination. With this result, the team shared the third place with Czestochowa University of Technology, (Poland), BRAC University (Bangladesh) and Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA).

ITU Rover Team became the first team to qualify for joining the competition from our country in 2017. Continuing this success in the following years, the ITU Rover Team won the title of the first Turkish Team to score third in this year’s competition.

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One of the sponsors of the contest is NASA!

In the competition held for the 14th time this year and sponsored by Mars Society and NASA, university students competed for the first place by competing with the rovers they designed. The aim of the contest was to produce a rover that enables astronauts to carry out tasks such as carrying weight outside, taking soil samples, using a wrench and screwdriver, and inserting and removing chips from the panel.

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Owner of the first Science Special Prize in the history of the competition!

ITU Rover Team, who previously represented Turkey in many competitions, was founded in 2016 within the Robotics Club. The ITU Rover Team, the first Turkish team to qualify for joining the University Rover Challenge in Utah in 2017, the world's most prestigious rover competition, ranked 13th with its first vehicle. The team won the Science Special Award, which was given for the first time in the history of the peninsula in the same competition with its new vehicle in 2018. ITU Rover Team won the 12th place in the European Rover Challenge (ERC), which it joined in September of the same year.

You can watch the video of the final of the contest from the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht_gPUQ4iJo