Recent Announcements

  • URC Registration Sets New Record with 31 Student Teams Set to Compete The Mars Society is pleased to announce that 31 student teams from six countries and four continents have officially registered for the 2014 University Rover Challenge (URC), setting a new participation record for the annual international rover competition. Countries represented this year include the United States, India, Egypt, Poland, Canada and Bangladesh. A sampling of some of the participating universities include: Cornell University, Warsaw University of Technology, Yale University, Cairo University, Częstochowa University of Technology, University of Michigan, Military Institute of Science & Technology and York University. To view the full list of schools involved in the URC, please click here. Scheduled for May 29-31, 2014, the URC is the world's premier robotics competition for college ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2014, 5:52 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Registration Open for URC2014! Registration for the 2014 event is open through January 31, 2014.  Visit the URC Team Info page for more information.
    Posted Nov 19, 2013, 8:42 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • University Rover Challenge Unveils 2014 Competition The University Rover Challenge (URC), the world’s premier robotics competition for college students, has officially kicked off its 2014 competition!   URC challenges students to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers which will one day work alongside astronauts on the Red Planet.  Teams will spend the academic year designing, building and testing their robotic creations.  They will compete at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the remote, barren desert of southern Utah in late May, 2014.  The challenge features multiple revamped tasks, including an Equipment Servicing Task that incorporates inflatable structures, and a more aggressive incarnation of the popular Terrain Traversing Task.  The 2013 competition featured the largest international field to date, and was featured on ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2013, 12:40 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2013 Recap What can you expect at the University Rover Challenge?  Space.com visited the 2013 competition to give you a look at the barren terrain: http://www.space.com/22285-helping-humans-on-mars-next-gen-mars-rovers-needed-video.html
    Posted Sep 11, 2013, 12:58 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2014 Update We've been getting lots of inquiries about URC2014, so here is what you need to know: 1. The rules will be published in early September. 2. Registration is not open yet.  Registration details will be announced when the rules are published. 3. The competition will be open to international teams (no change from previous years).   We're glad to hear from all of the new teams interested in competing this year, and look forward to seeing your rovers in action!
    Posted Aug 23, 2013, 8:57 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.
 
2014 University Rover Challenge:
May 29-31, 2014
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah
 
The 2014 field is set!  See the Team Info page for more.

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