Cosmic! Ace space team from Kraków wins international Mars rover comp

Simply MARS-elous! AGH Space Systems win first place in the international Indian Rover Challenge. AGH Space Systems/Facebook

An international competition to design and build a Mars rover has been won by students from Kraków’s AGH University of Science and Technology.

The AGH Space Systems' entry, 'Kalman' beat 20 teams from around the world, including three from Poland, to take first place in the Indian Rover Challenge.

The team’s Kalman rover beat 20 teams from around the world, including three from Poland, to take first place. AGH Space Systems/Facebook

In 16th place came the University of Warsaw Rover Team, in 19th place came a team from the Wroclaw (southwestern Poland) University of Science and Technology with its new rover 'Scorpio' and bringing up the rear in 20th position with its entry 'Legendary Rover' was a team from the Rzeszow (southeastern Poland) University of Technology.

The Indian Rover Challenge competition forms a part of the wider Rover Challenge Series, the world's most prestigious robotics competition, organised by the Mars Society.

Last year the team came second in the competition. AGH Space Systems/Facebook

It is the only competition of its type in the Asia Pacific region and this year's contest was held at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Chennai, southern India.

The AGH student's rover was assessed in the four following categories: seeking and retrieving selected objects, serving the manipulator, autonomic navigation, and analysing soil samples.

Posting on Facebook the delighted team said the win was a “huge success, summarizing three and a half years of work on our rover. Kalman's construction was an extraordinary challenge for us, very often complicated and demanding. It was this challenge that brought us today's victory.”AGH Space Systems/Facebook

The AGH Space Systems team has been working since 2014 and specialises in developing technology for the space industry, in particular in building rockets, satellites, space probes and Martian rovers.