Recent Announcements

  • Statement Regarding Cancellation of URC2021 Finals This year and every year, the University Rover Challenge aims to provide the best possible educational experience to students, while ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone involved. While we are encouraged by the current COVID-19 public health metrics and increase in global vaccine distribution, conditions are not at a point that permit large-scale events requiring travel of geographically dispersed groups. Unfortunately, due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the URC2021 Finals have been cancelled.We are currently assessing the feasibility of a virtual competition in lieu of the URC2021 Finals and will communicate details with teams soon. Results from the System Acceptance Review will also be announced in the coming days.The URC ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2021, 7:50 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • System Acceptance Review Requirements Posted At this time in early 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the majority of URC teams. The foremost priority for URC remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our teams. Teams are urged to follow all applicable health and safety guidelines, and not take unnecessary risks if you are working on your rover.System Acceptance Review: The System Acceptance Review (SAR) will take place as planned. Regardless of the fate of the URC2021 Finals, the SAR is an invaluable part of URC's educational process. Updated requirements have been posted to the System Acceptance Review page, and include guidance on adjustments that should be made based on the impact of COVID-19.The SAR Report will include a ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2021, 8:20 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Protocase Returns as URC Sponsor, Hosts Webinar The Mars Society is proud to welcome Protocase back as a major sponsor of the world-renowned University Rover Challenge!More than 14,000 engineers and designers in science and innovation around the world depend on Protocase for custom-manufacturing electronic enclosures, sheet metal parts, machined parts and components in two to three days, with no minimum orders.Instead of using critical design time and effort taking off-the-shelf enclosures, parts and components and modifying them fit your Mars Rover design, all teams registered in the 2021 University Rover Challenge can harness Protocase's state-of-the-art manufacturing to have exactly what they need custom fabricated.URC2021 Protocase Sponsorship The Protocase Sponsorship will be similar to the sponsorship ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2021, 6:30 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2021 Registration Opens! Registration for the 2021 University Rover Challenge is now open through October 28, 2020! Details and a link to the registration form are available at the URC Team Info page.Teams will also be required to pay a $38 (USD) application fee, however due to the timing of the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention we have not yet started accepting payments. We anticipate providing teams with application fee payment details no later than October 19, and will allow teams until November 4 to submit payments.
    Posted Oct 6, 2020, 7:22 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2021 University Rover Challenge Rules Released The University Rover Challenge is excited to announce the release of the rules for URC2021!Click here for the 2021 rulesRegistration for the 2021 competition will open in September, 2020, and will close on October 28, 2020. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by December 4, 2020, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow on March 5, 2021.  The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2021 University Rover Challenge Finals, held June 3-5, 2021 at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station.The rules for 2021 are identical to the rules from the 2020 competition (which was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Teams and ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 8:01 PM by Kevin Sloan
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The Challenge:
Design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field.
The Prize:
Cash prizes, a trip to present at the annual International Mars Society Convention, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
2021 University Rover Challenge:
June 3-5, 2021
Mars Desert Research Station, Hanksville, Utah

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