Recent Announcements

  • Protocase, Inc. Returns as URC Sponsor for 2017 Protocase is proud to be back as a major sponsor of The Mars Society’s world-renowned University Rover Challenge! More than 8,000 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, you can harness our state-of-the-art manufacturing to have exactly what you need custom-fabricated from sheet metal. URC 2017 Protocase SponsorshipThe Protocase Sponsorship will be similar to the sponsorship offered in 2016:Each URC ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 8:32 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2017 Registration is Now Open! Teams have until December 2, 2016 to submit their registration for the 2017 University Rover Challenge.  The 2016 competition featured 63 teams from 12 countries... is your team ready to help us break that record?!  Visit the URC Team Info page for registration details!
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 7:24 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Rules Released for 2017 University Rover Challenge The University Rover Challenge has officially released the competition rules for URC2017!  Student teams will spend the coming academic year designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers.  The field competition will take place June 1-3, 2017 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah.Following the unprecedented growth and success of the event last year, the judges have made several updates and changes to the rules.  Due to the exceptional quality of teams and rovers, the 2017 competition will revert to a single-tier format with the elimination of the Semi-Finals.  New events have also been added, as the popular Terrain Traversing and Astronaut Assistance Tasks of past years have been combined into a ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:15 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2016 Crowns Back-to-Back Champions The 2016 University Rover Challenge concluded on Saturday (June 4th) at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah as 28 rovers and more than 300 college students took on the harsh Mars-like terrain of this unique venue.  Following two rounds of competition and five different events over a three-day period, the Legendary Rover Team from Rzeszow University of Technology in Poland defended their title from 2015 with another amazing victory. The podium was rounded out by the second place WSU Everett Engineering Club from Washington State University Everett and third place Continuum team from the University of Wroclaw in Poland.  The WSU team’s performance was particularly amazing in light of the fact ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 2:59 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • First Day of Excitement Kicks Off 2016 University Rover Challenge The tenth annual rendition of the University Rover Challenge (URC) featured an exciting Semi-Finals round of competition on Thursday, June 2 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah.  The international robotics competition for college students, which is part of the Rover Challenge Series, features an elite field of teams vying to build the world’s best student-build Mars rover. The Semi-Finals round of competition is a new feature for URC.  Teams were required to compete in a short 5 minute obstacle course that challenged their ability traverse complex obstacles, perform various manipulation tasks, and demonstrate their scientific knowledge.  The fast-paced action was exciting for students and judges, with teams each having 3 attempts ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2016, 5:30 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.
2017 University Rover Challenge:
June 1-3, 2017
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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