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  • 23 Student Teams Advance to 2015 University Rover Challenge Finals In December, 2014 a record 44 teams from eight countries set out to design and build the world’s top Mars rover.  Now 23 teams have advanced past the Critical Design Review stage of the University Rover Challenge and will compete in the final competition, being held May 28-30 at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah. The 2015 rendition of this competition, URC2015, is the first time that teams faced a competitive down-selection process prior to the field event. Competition judges reviewed technical reports and video submissions from each of the teams that passed a previous Team Proposal round, all of whom had made significant technical progress. The final field was originally planned for 22 teams ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2015, 7:26 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • 41 Teams Move On to Critical Design Review 41 teams have made it through the Team Proposal stage of the 2015 University Rover Challenge, and have until March 14 to submit their Critical Design Review (CDR) packages.  CDR packages will consist of both a written and video component, and will focus more on the technical accomplishments of the team to date.  Further details are available at the CDR page.
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 8:24 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • University Rover Challenge Welcomes Protocase, Inc. and Record Field of Teams The Mars Society's University Rover Challenge (URC) is excited to announce a new partner, Protocase, Inc., a world leader in custom electronic enclosures and sheet metal parts.  This announcement comes just weeks after registration for URC2015 closed with a record 44 teams from eight countries on six continents. The unique sponsorship deal with Protocase will be the first ever that provides products and services to every single team registered in the competition.  Each URC team will receive a $2,000 (USD) credit towards custom parts manufactured by Protocase, and a subsequent 50% discount on all products/services beyond this amount. As a manufacturer of customer-designed components, Protocase works with Computer Aided Design (CAD) models supplied directly by the ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2015, 7:29 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Registration Open for 2015 University Rover Challenge Click here for registration details.The ninth annual competition will be held May 28-30, 2015 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah in the United States.  The record-setting 2014 event featured 31 teams from six countries, and 2015 is expected to be even bigger!The updated rules for the 2015 University Rover Challenge (URC2015) were recently released, and feature a new competitive downselection process.  Competitors will go through a Team Proposal process, as well as a Critical Design Review.  Only those teams and rovers that make it through these stages will make it to the field competition at MDRS.Teams must complete the registration process to declare their intent to compete no later than December ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014, 7:46 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2015 University Rover Challenge Rules Released The University Rover Challenge, the world's premiere robotics competition for college students, has formally kicked off its 2015 competition with the release of its rules.  Student teams will spend the coming academic year designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers.  They will converge on the the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in remote southern Utah for a three day field competition May 28-30, 2015. The 2015 rules introduce one of the biggest rule changes in the history of the competition, which is entering its 9th annual rendition.  Due to the overwhelming growth of the competition in recent years URC has introduced a competitive downselection process.  Detailed in Section 1.h of the rules, teams must declare ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2014, 5:45 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.
2015 University Rover Challenge:
May 28-30, 2015
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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