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out of This World

OFF-ROAD Student Scientific Association has been operating since 2009 at the Department of Fundamentals of Machine Desing and Mechatronic Systems at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.

Our team consists of more than 40 members, divided into different departments. We are mainly known for Project Scorpio, the Mars rover, but we have also worked on other projects, including the Eagle Mars lander and the Twardowsky Mars colony! Being one of the oldest and most successful teams, we try to promote the space sector in our country by participating in many industry events, organizing activities for children or visiting foreign research centers, such as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Every year, we participate in prestigious international competitions in the Rover Challenge series, where we clash with the best teams from around the world.

Successes

  • I place at Konkurs Konstrukcji Studenckich KOKOS 2024 in category Smart Robots
  • I place at XV Robotic Arena 2024
  • I place at Australian Rover Challenge 2024
  • I place at Anatolian Rover Challenge 2023
  • II place at Australian Rover Challenge 2023
  • I place at Anatolian Rover Challenge 2022
  • I place in the Freestyle category at the xChallenge 2022 competition
  • III place in the Smart Robots category of the KOKOS 2021 competition
  • I place in the Freestyle category in the XII Robotic Arena 2020 competition
  • II place in the 2019 Mars Colony Prize | Twardowsky Colony
  • V place at the Canadian International Rover Challenge 2019
  • I place in the RobotShow competition during the XII Innovation Forum in Tarnow, Poland
  • I place in the Smart Robots category of the KOKOS 2019 competition
  • I place in the Robotex 2018 International competition in the Entrepreneur category
  • II place in the Red Eagle 2018 competition | Eagle Mars Lander
  • The title of Strategic Scientific Association of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in 2024
  • The title of laureate of Dolnośląski Klucz Sukcesu
  • The title of Strategic Scientific Association of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in 2023
  • The title of Strategic Scientific Association of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in 2022
  • The title of Strategic Scientific Association of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in 2019
  • Honorable mention in the 2019 Project of the Year category of the 2019 StRuNa competition
  • Honorable mention in the 2018 Project of the Year category of the 2018 StRuNa competition
  • The title of Student Project of the Year 2018 of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in the category "Everyday Activity"
  • 3Mind 2018 competition finalist

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 8 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 TVP3 Wrocław television, in the Teleexpress and Echo24  news services and also in RMF24.

What is more, the informations about our achievements can be found in foreign media like yenisafak.com.

We encourage you to listen to the episode of podcast focused on our rover on Youtube chanel 51st Parallel Podcast.

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

 Look what others tell about us here!