Recent Announcements

  • 2019 University Rover Challenge Crowns New Champion The University Rover Challenge (URC) awarded the title of World’s Top Mars Rover to the IMPULS team from Kielce University of Technology in Poland on June 1. The 2019 rendition of URC hosted 34 rovers and more than 500 students from ten countries at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. URC is an annual competition which asks college students to design and build the world’s best Mars rover. The win for the IMPULS team, their first ever, comes after a strong third place finish in 2018. The rest of the 2019 podium featured returning teams with breakout performances, vaulting each into the top three for the first time in their respective teams’ histories. The Ryerson ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2019, 6:45 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Congratulations to the URC2019 Podium Congratulations to all teams at URC2019, including our top 3:1: IMPULS (Kielce University of Technology, Poland) - 362.9 points2: Ryerson Rams Robotics (Ryerson University, Canada) - 329.5 points3: Stanford Student Robotics (Stanford University, USA) - 323.2 pointsAll of the URC2019 scores have been posted!
    Posted Jun 1, 2019, 8:22 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Important Weather Announcement Teams should be advised that very unseasonable weather is impacting southern Utah, and may continue to be of concern through URC2019. Significant rain has made off-road conditions extremely difficult, and forecasts continue to underestimate the amount of rainfall. Safety is the top priority at URC; teams are encouraged to be prepared and use good judgement.Temperatures have been much cooler than usual - be prepared for especially cool mornings (by URC standards)!Due to heavy rainfall, unpaved roads and trails are extremely muddy or even impassable. Teams should not drive off-road at all prior to URC! Be mindful of flash flooding in the desert.Teams may not visit MDRS prior to URC.4-Wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles ...
    Posted May 24, 2019, 7:14 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Behind the Challenge - Creating the Equipment Servicing Lander In the months leading up to the 2018 University Rover Challenge (URC), the judges gave a separate challenge to the team from Protocase, long-time sponsor of URC. The challenge was simple but bold: design and build a piece of hardware for the URC2018 Equipment Servicing Task that fit the scope of the competition and scale of the rovers.Protocase worked closely with judges to define requirements and better understand the range of robotic control teams would be expected to execute in the field. From the initial set of requirements, Protocase engineers unleashed their creative vision as the team iterated through CAD models.By May, 2018 major components were heading into production, showcasing the myriad fabrication techniques at Protocase's ...
    Posted May 23, 2019, 3:27 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2019 Competition Schedule Posted The URC2019 Competition Schedule has been posted as of May 22, 2019. Please note that this schedule is subject to changes prior to the start of the competition. Visit the URC2019 Schedule page for more information.
    Posted May 22, 2019, 8:34 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.
2020 University Rover Challenge:
TBD, 2020
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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