Recent Announcements

  • 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
  • 30 Student Teams Advance to 2016 University Rover Challenge Semi-Finals In December, 2015 a record 63 teams from 12 countries set out to design and build the world’s top Mars rover.  Now 30 teams have advanced past the Critical Design Review (CDR) stage of the University Rover Challenge and will compete in the field competition, being held June 2-4, 2016 at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah.The 2016 rendition of this contest, URC2016, introduces the first ever Semi-Final round of competition.  On the first day, teams will race for the fastest time in a “short course” event that tests rovers’ maneuverability and dexterity in the Mars-like terrain of the Utah desert, in addition to the student team’s scientific knowledge ...
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 4:50 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • European Rover Challenge Registration Closes March 31 Registration for the prestigious European Rover Challenge (ERC) is still open. The deadline for submitting applications closes in 10 days on March 31. This year for all participants the ERC organizers have prepared mentoring workshops (dedicated especially for rover team members), lectures with special guests, and science and technology exhibits which will promote commercialization of the space sector. ERC is the biggest space robotics event in Europe. Along with the University Rover Challenge and recently announced United Kingdom University Rover Challenge (UKURC), ERC is part of the Rover Challenge Series. For more details, please visit
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 4:49 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2016 European Rover Challenge Kicks Off The European Rover Challenge (ERC), sister event of the University Rover Challenge (URC), has officially kicked off its 2016 competition!  The message, below, is from the ERC Director.Dear Teams,We are glad to invite you to participate in the European Rover Challenge 2016 - the third edition of prestigious European martian rovers’ competition powered by The Mars Society, which will be held on 10-13 September 2016 in Poland.The main event, the Challenge involving analogues of Mars rovers, is a competition for teams of students and recent graduates of higher education institutions, who, with the help of their faculty, try to first design, build and then, in September, field the best rover. Team Registration will be open till 31st ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 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.
2017 University Rover Challenge:
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