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Exploration
out of this world

OFF-ROAD Student Association from Department of Off-Road Vehicle Engineering of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Wrocław University of Science and Technology operates since 2009. Our team consists of 50 members, divided into different sections. We are known mainly from Project Scorpio – series of Mars rovers, but we also carry out projects such as Eagle Mars lander or Twardowsky Mars colony! We are one of the oldest and most titled team in Poland and we use our knowledge to promote the space sector in our country. We take part in many industry meetings, organize a lot of workshops for children or visit well-known research facilities such as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

We take part in prestige, international Rover Challenge competitions when we cross with the best teams for all around the world.

Successes

  • I place in Freestyle category at XII Robotic Arena (2020)
  • II place at international competition The Mars Colony Prize – Twardowsky colony (2019)
  • V place at Canadian International Rover Challenge 2019
  • I place at RobotShow competition in XII Inovation Forum in Tarnów
  • I place in Smart Robots category at KOKOS 2019 competiton
  • I place in category Entrepreneur at Robotex 2018
  • II place at Red Eagle contest (2018) – Eagle lander
  • II place in Freestyle category and Audience Award in Robotic Arena (2017)
  • III place in Phobos finals at University Rover Challenge 2016
  • III place at University Rover Challenge 2015
  • I place at European Rover Challenge 2014
  • II place at University Rover Challenge 2013
  • Distinction in “Project of the year 2019” category at StRuNa 2019
  • Title of Strategic Association of Wrocław University of Technology (2019)
  • Distinction in “Project of the year 2018” category at StRuNa 2018
  • Finalist of 3mind 2018 competition
  • Title of “Students innovations” and final five in „Association of the year” category at ProJuvenes 2017 contest
  • Title of Constructive Project of the Year at KOKON 2017 Contest
  • Title of Strategic Association of Wrocław University of Technology (2017)
  • Title of „Scientific Project of the Year” at ProJuvenes 2014 contest

Our Projects

Project Scorpio

Mars rovers created by Project Scorpio members since 2013 have been taking part in an international competitions Rover Challenge Series taking part all around the world. Since the beginning we score top places at prestige competitions , promoting our university and polish space engineering. Our rovers has been appreciated even by NASA scientists, during our visit in Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Passadena.

As of today we built 6 generations of Scorpio rovers and we are not giving up on them!

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Twardowsky colony

Twardowsky is a mars colony designed together with Space is more. Colony has been designed to accommodate 1000 people and it uses number of innovative solutions such as Thorium Reactor or biorefinery.

Twardowsky scored II place at The Mars Colony Prize competition, organized by NASA and Mars Society.

Project Eagle

Eagle is a concept of martian lander capable of delivering 10 tons to the surface of Mars. It was designed for international competition Red Eagle, organized by The Mars Society and NASA. We managed to score II place out of 15 teams from multiple countries.

Over 20 people were involved with that project and multiple organizations, companies such as ESA, CERN gave us substantive support.

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Solidworks Masters

CAD is bread and butter for us, so we decided to host SolidWorks Masters for every lover of 3D modeling. Competition took place during “Technikalia” at Wrocław University of Science and Technology. The main partner of the event was company DPS Software, which is responsible for distributing SolidWorks software in Poland.

Competitors could compete in following categories – effective modeling, drawing specialist, animator, 3D Master. Tasks weren’t easy, but it didn’t discourage students to take the challenge.

Space Day

One of our main aims is to promote polish space engineering. That’s  why we have organized Space Day – all-day event focused on space industry. Huge success has motivated us to run already three editions of this event. 

Lectures of representatives of different fields (firms, institutions, start-ups or students associations), mars rovers shows or project displays are only part of attractions connected with this event.

 Details about previous editions are here.

Other Activites

Science Activity

In 2017 we decided to create science department, which now has a dozen of people. It allows us to do research work about our constructions, which we are planning to publish in the future.

 

We promote our activity also at popular science events. In 2018 we have started collaboration with eXperyment magazine. We encourage you to read it!

Foreign and domestic events

As one of the most recognizable student project connected with space engineering, we attend many events annually, like conferences,  fairs and exhibitions. In last year we were at conference Innovative Europe 2017 – Fly me to Mars, fair Made in Wrocław, Wrold Space Week, Science Festival and more!

We promote not only our activity but also dynamic developing space industry in Poland.

Description some of the latest events are here.

About us in media

Our activity attracts interest not only local media, but also domestic. Materials about us are for example at the National Geographic channel (program “Polacy na Marsie”), in TVN24 television or in Gazeta Wyborcza.

We encourage you to watch the episode focused on our rover in science television platonTV.

Further information about us you can find on our fanpage, Instagram or Wykop.pl and YouTube.

 Look what others tell about us here!