Recent Announcements

  • Protocase Webinar November 24 Protocase is back as a sponsor of the University Rover Challenge, and the deal for teams is even better!  The $2,000 credit towards custom parts will count as an exemption to teams' $15,000 budget limit.  Protocase will be hosting a webinar on November 24 to introduce teams to their capabilities, as well as the process to take advantage of the sponsorship.  Any team may participate in the webinar, however only registered teams may take advantage of the sponsorship.The webinar link will be sent to teams via the URC-Announce email list only.  The information below is provided by Protocase.Hello! We are excited to work with you once again on your University Rover Challenge designs. Protocase offers ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2015, 6:48 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Registration for URC2016 Open Click here for registration details.The tenth annual competition will be held June 2-4, 2016 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah in the United States.  This follows the record setting 2015 event, which featured 44 teams vying to prove that their rovers were the best in the world!The updated rules for the 2016 University Rover Challenge (URC2016) were recently released, and introduce exciting new levels of competition.  Teams that progress through the Critical Design Review will be invited to the field competition at MDRS, which features a Semi-Finals round of competition before teams take on the Finals.For 2016 URC also welcomes back Protocase as a sponsor.  The custom manufacturer will again be ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2015, 7:26 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Protocase, Inc. to Return as Sponsor of URC2016 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 2016 Protocase SponsorshipWe’re offering a very similar deal to last year’s URC, but it ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2015, 8:06 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Rules Released for 2016 University Rover Challenge The University Rover Challenge (URC) has kicked off its tenth year by releasing the competition rules for URC2016!  Student teams will spend the coming academic year designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers.  The field competition will take place June 2-4, 2016 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah. Coming off of unprecedented growth over the past two years, URC organizers have outlined the most substantial change of the competition format to date.  Teams who are invited to the field competition in Hanksville will compete in the Semi-Finals on the first day of competition.  Teams finishing in the top half of competitors after the Semi-Finals will then compete in the Ares Finals ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2015, 6:17 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Stay Tuned... The rules for the 2016 University Rover Challenge will be released in the next few days.  Expect exciting changes and new opportunities for teams in the year ahead!
    Posted Sep 12, 2015, 11:31 AM 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.
2016 University Rover Challenge:
June 2-4, 2016
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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