If you're planning to go along to EclipseCon 2010, you could get your chance to become a rocket scientist. An e4 Mars Rover Challenge is being organised by the Eclipse Foundation in collaboration with NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. Using e4, contestants will need to create a system to control a robot across a prototyped Mars landscape. The winner will be receive an opportunity to visit the NASA robotics lab in Los Angeles, CA.
Jeff Norris from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab will be featured as the keynote speaker at EclipseCon 2010. Jeff will present how NASA has used Eclipse technology to build a software platform for planning and controlling the Mars and Lunar rover missions.
Participants will use an e4 client to control a live LEGO Mindstorm robot through a series of tasks to compete for points. Participants will be encouraged to extend and customize the e4 client to improve the control of the robot and increase their chances of collecting more points.
e4 is the next generation of Eclipse platform focused on making it easier to build sophisticated client applications. So to get yourself primed for the competition, take a look at Lars Vogel's excellent introductory tutorial.