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Spanish students win ‘Volare’ space robotics competition

31 october, 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA) will present the award to a group of Spanish students aged between 14 and 16 for their robot capable of working with the International Space Station (ISS).

More than 50 students from five different countries took part in the 'Volare' space robotics challenge in Holland. Photo: ESA.

Not one of the Spanish students is over 16, but they are already experts in space robotics. Their robot ‘TechnoRoisTres’ was the winner in its category, and astronaut Luca Parmitano, speaking from space, told them that “students are our future, so you should be proud of what you have achieved”.

Using a model of the International Space Station, the robots, operated by remote control and which the students had been working on for six months, had to unload as many supplies as possible from the ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

The ESA said: “The competition requires skills in many disciplines, mirroring the process used by ESA engineers to develop a new satellite”. The students had to work as a team and divide up tasks to design the robot, communications and control system.

Over the two-day competition, the highpoint was the live link-up with the ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, who is currently on the ISS. 

 

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