European Rover Challenge is one of the biggest international space and robotics event in the world. ERC gathers not only specialists in planetary robotics and Mars rovers designers but also representatives of science and business, the new-tech sector and the general public interested in the development of science and new technologies.
The main part of ERC is an international robotics competition in which rovers constructing teams compete in the tasks analogous to those performed by rovers on the surface of Mars and the Moon. The competition has been enjoying a very high prestige since its first edition in 2014.
The project aims at stimulating and supporting a new generation of engineers. ERC gives the possibility to verify the yearly progress of constructors for whom participation in the competition is one of the tools to develop their careers, competencies and skills as well as to achieve a future success in the space sector.
In February 2018 a small group of students from Technical University of Munich (TUM) started to dream about building their own Mars Rover. Shortly after that, the team started to develop their first concepts. In August 2018 we participated in the European Rover Challenge 2018 with our "Rover I | Hypatia". Hypatia has a 6-DOF robotic arm as well as four wheels which are configured in a rocker bogie design. The purpose-built wheels have skid steering and have been intensively tested at the German Aerospace Institute (DLR). With her maximum speed of 0.5m/s, Hypatia perfectly fullfills the 2018 ERC speed requirements.
For on-board processing, Hypatia uses an Intel Nuc 7i7BNH. Our ultra-wide-angle, stereo cameras give Hypatia the ability to perceive her surroundings in 3D. The robotic arm makes it possible to grab objects and maniulate external consoles.
Currently, we are working on our Rover II. From the experience we gained at the previous competition, we will improve on many different aspects. A big focus of our new project will be on the development of an autonomous system and the improvement of our communication systems as well as the mechanical components towards a more robust and professional system.
WARR (short for Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight - German: Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt) is a scientific workgroup based at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). It was founded by students to compensate for the lack of a chair for space technology at TUM in 1962.
Since the establishment of the Institute of Astronautics (LRT) in 1966, the group worked on projects, starting with the successful development of the first hybrid rocket in Germany. One was launched in 1972; a second one is on permanent display at Deutsches Museum in Munich.
All started with the development of rocket engines, but now there are much more projects. Multi-stage Rockets, Satelites, Stratosphere Balloons, Space Elevators and since recently, our Rover.
Everybody is welcome to join our project. We would be thrilled if you have a basic knowledge of ROS (Robot Operating System) and some experience with embedded systems.