Students of Technical University of Ostrava won bronze in the prestigious robot competition
The RoverOva team of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava succeeded in the European Rover Challenge mobile robot competition in Poland. The Czech team succeeded among 29 teams from all over the world and rejoiced in the 3rd place.
The thirteen-member team from the Department of Robotics of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at VSB-TUO was only beaten by designers from Krakow and Kielce. The engineers from Ostrava premiered with the mobile robot RoverOva in the prestigious competition last year and ranked fifth.
This year, therefore, they excelled themselves. “We have managed to improve not only the placement but also the score. Competitors set a high standard, so we would end up far below the stage with the points we had won last year,” says the team leader Robert Pastor. The team almost entirely rebuilt the robot and improved the weak spots. Only the wheel drive, the arm and some elements of the steering remained original.
The mobile robot had to exhibit in various tasks such as collecting, analyzing and handling soil samples. Formal requirements such as application, documentation or promo video, were also included in the overall evaluation.
“We were supposed to prepare for how the space sector works,” explained Pastor, who is thinking of achieving the top rank in the next year’s competition. “It takes small changes to the chassis and then just test a lot and work on the robot to perfection,” he concluded.
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