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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

European Space Agency robotic competition

Credit: ESA
Registration is open for ESA’s first robotic competition on a mock-up of the International Space Station. The competition combines do-it-yourself and gaming skills in a robotic race to unload, carry and store cargo.
The European Space Agency, ESA, invites school students aged 11-19, after-school programmes and robotics groups to participate in a new space robotics  competition which will involve multiple interactions with ESA robtics experts in the form of live video conferencing and video/document submissions.
This summer, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will fly to the ISS for a 6 month mission called Volare.  ESA have arranged an education programme around this mission because of the large amount of robotic activities during this mission (e.g. Robotic arm operations grappling cargo vehicles or manipulating astronauts during extra-vehicular activities (EVA), Automated Transport Vehicle approach).
The finalists will be welcomed at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC) in the Netherlands to demonstrate their robots on a miniture version of the ISS.  Included in the finals is a chance to speak to Luca Parmitano live from the International Space Station.  Amongst the prizes
for the competition winners is a trip to the European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC) in Darmstad to witness a robotics operation live on the ISS at a convenient time.

For more information about the project, please visit the website.

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