Recent Announcements

  • 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
  • Team Proposal Deadline January 22 Teams are reminded to submit their Team Proposals no later than January 22.  For more details, please see
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 12:51 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Updated Policy on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles To comply with new guidance and rules from the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States, we have implemented the following rules, which are reflected in Rover Question 8 on the Q&A page:All teams with an airborne vehicle over 0.55lb with all payload onboard must have at least one pilot register with the FAA at Registration only takes 5 minutes and just consists of providing your name and address in exchange for a registration number. Registration is currently only possible for US persons, but should be available to international teams prior to the competition. Teams with an airborne vehicle should send us a copy of their registration by April 22, 2016 ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 12:49 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.
2016 University Rover Challenge:
June 2-4, 2016
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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