Recent Announcements

  • 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 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
  • Polish, American Teams Lead the Field at 2015 University Rover Challenge The 2015 University Rover Challenge (URC) concluded Saturday at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah with the excitement that accompanies more than 200 students and nearly two dozen rovers.  After competing in four rover operations tasks and a presentation task, the podium was rounded out by two Polish teams and an American team.  The prestigious URC title left in the hands of the Legendary Rover Team from Rzeszow University of Technology in Poland, who scored an impressive 460 points (out of 500). BYU Mars Rover from Brigham Young University (USA) captured second place with 371 points, and Project Scorpio from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) finished in third place with 364 points.  Polish and American teams captured the ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2015, 6:36 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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