EPFL Xplore

There is always space to explore

EPFL Xplore

EPFL Xplore is a new interdisciplinary project whose aim is to build a Rover in order to participate in two international competitions : University Rover Challenge in the US and European Rover Challenge in Poland. The Rover has four main tasks to achieve :

  • Science Task whose goal is to collect soil samples and analyze them on-board in the scope of a biological/geological plan formerly defined by students.
  • Equipment Servicing Task which consists in handling different objects and a control panel composed of switches, keyboards, USB stick,… with a robotic arm.
  • Traverse Task which qualifies the ability of the Rover to drive autonomously from one location to another and overcome the complexity of a rugged desertic terrain.
  • Retrieval and Delivery Task whose goal is to collect a cache and deliver it to a given location.

The Rover is fully designed by Bachelor and Master students from EPFL, divided in different poles. The Technics pole, containing six sub-systems, designs and builds the Rover, the Communication pole handles the social networks and the external connections and finally the Sponsoring one, which manages the partnerships with the companies and organizations supporting us.
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We have projects for students in numerous sections of the school, if interested please contact us:

[email protected]

EPFL Coordinator  : David Rodriguez (EPFL Space Center – eSpace)

Academic responsible: Professeur Jean-Paul Kneib (EPFL Space Center – eSpace)