Eight Polish teams to take part in Mars rover competition in USA

Eight Polish teams to take part in Mars rover competition in USA. Artur Reszko/PAP

Thirty-six teams from ten countries have been selected as finalists to compete at the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC), held May 30 - June 1 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. Poland will be represented by as many as eight teams.

The University Rover Challenge is a prestigious international competition that encourages students to build remotely-operated rovers that can accomplish a variety of tasks that might one day assist astronauts working on the surface of Mars.

Taking part in this year's competition will be 2018 winner, the PCz Rover Team from the Czestochowa University of Technology, in southern Poland, which was awarded the title of World's Top Mars Rover.

Teams from Polish universities have been participating in the University Rover Challenge since 2009. Their first success was achieved in 2011, when the Magma2 rover, built by the Białystok University of Technology, in northeastern Poland, took the top position on the podium. It repeated its success in the years 2013 and 2014.