Polish Martian rover wins competition in India

A team from the Polish AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, southern Poland, won a competition in India to design and build a Mars rover.

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“Kalman” - the name of the vehicle designed by the Polish team - defeated 20 other crews from all around the world, including another three teams from Poland.

The team from the University of Warsaw finished the contest in 16th place, representatives from Wrocław (southwest Poland) University of Science and Technology were 19th, while a team from Rzeszów (southeast Poland) University of Technology came in 20th.

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. 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 vehicle designed by AGH students was assessed in four categories: seeking and retrieving selected objects, serving the manipulator, autonomous navigation and analysing soil samples.

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

The name of the rover - “Kalman” - is a reference to the “Kalman filter”, an algorithm that uses a series of measurements observed over time, named after Hungarian-American engineer Rudolf E. Kálmán, one of the primary developers of the theory.