Recent Announcements

  • Competition Schedule Posted The competition schedule, to include the detailed task schedule, has now been posted at the URC2017 Schedule page!  Please note that, while unlikely, the task schedule may change.  Other important notes:Pay careful attention to the 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz sub-bands allocated to your stations throughout the event (if your team is operating in those frequency bands).The time range listed for the Autonomous Traversal Task is approximate, and will vary depending upon the number of stages teams reach.  There are 3 stages total for this task.Please note that for the Sample Cache Task, your team has two time slots.  The first is for your rover's on-course time.  The second is for your team ...
    Posted May 25, 2017, 10:37 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 36 Teams Advance to URC2017 Finals The most competitive Critical Design Review in University Rover Challenge (URC) history has concluded with 36 teams from 7 countries being selected to compete June 1-3 at the Mars Desert Research Station.A record 82 teams from 13 countries began the year trying to design and build the world's best astronaut-assisting Mars rover.  With most teams presenting highly advanced systems, judges were left with an incredibly difficult decision, and ultimately decided to expand the field of competitors from 30 to 36 teams.
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:38 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Critical Design Review Packages Due March 3 The requirements have been posted for Critical Design Review (CDR) Packages, which are due March 3, 2017.  At the outcome of this milestone, judges will select the top 30 teams who will be invited to attend the 2017 University Rover Challenge at the Mars Desert Research Station.CDR instructions and requirements can be found at:
    Posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:58 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Protocase, Inc. Returns as URC Sponsor for 2017 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 2017 Protocase SponsorshipThe Protocase Sponsorship will be similar to the sponsorship offered in 2016:Each URC ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 8:32 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2017 Registration is Now Open! Teams have until December 2, 2016 to submit their registration for the 2017 University Rover Challenge.  The 2016 competition featured 63 teams from 12 countries... is your team ready to help us break that record?!  Visit the URC Team Info page for registration details!
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 7:24 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.
2017 University Rover Challenge:
June 1-3, 2017
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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