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Source: Lomonosov Moscow State University – Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov –

The student team of Moscow University “MSU Rover Team” was selected to participate in the finals of the international robotics competition “International Rover Challenge”. During the competition, the team developed, produced and tested the EUREKA rover from scratch.

International Rover Challenge (IRC) is a team engineering competition in which university students must independently design and build a prototype of a new generation space rover, as well as carry out specific missions in conditions that simulate the environment of Mars. The competition, which will be held in India from 2021, aims to provide students with interdisciplinary experience combining practical engineering and scientific skills.

“We believe that participation in international engineering competitions gives students the most acute sense of project activity, since the tasks are always complex and the deadlines are tight. It is quite difficult for one person to create a platform that meets all the requirements in a year, since it requires knowledge in very different areas, such as electronics, design, programming, geology, and communications. But those who were able to participate in such a competition are able to solve more complex problems in real engineering projects in the future,” shared Anton Rogachev, leading engineer at the Mechanics Research Institute of Moscow State University.

The 2024 IRC Final will be held from January 24 to 29 at the Institute of Technology and Applied Research (Coimbatore, India; PSG iTech, Coimbatore, India). It will be attended by student teams from 23 universities from around the world, who will present their projects of planetary rovers.

The rover from Moscow State University called “EUREKA” was manufactured in accordance with the requirements of the IRC RULEBOOK – 2024 of the International Space Robotics Society (SPROS) and includes:

body on a six-wheel suspension and equipped with video cameras; robotic arm (or robotic manipulator); atmospheric module for measuring wind speed, outside temperature and pressure.

The project was implemented with the support of PJSC NK Rosneft, the Russian Innovation Promotion Fund, KER-Holding, and the Voltbro project. The development of the rover was carried out by a team of students from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics and the Faculty of Space Research at the Robotics Laboratory of the Research Institute of Mechanics of Moscow State University.

Previously, the MSU team already competed in the 2020 European Rover Challenge, which was held remotely due to the pandemic. This year, the team was finally able to implement their rover project and go to head-to-head competitions. The presentation of the team and the rover can be viewed at link.

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