Recent Announcements

  • Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021 Gets Teams Roving Although the COVID-19 global health pandemic forced the cancellation of the URC2021 Finals, many teams and their rovers were still anxious to test their capabilities and showcase their hard work. The URC staff developed a special event just for this situation: the Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021.The Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021 offered teams the opportunity to build courses on their own campuses, and compete remotely with judges and fans tuning in online from around the world. Three URC missions were modified for this format: the Equipment Servicing Mission, Autonomous Navigation Mission, and Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission. 13 teams from 5 countries were able to compete June 3-6, with all sessions live streamed (and now archived ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2021, 8:02 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Watch the Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021 June 3-6 The University Rover Challenge is excited to host 15 teams from 7 countries as they compete in 3 missions live from their home campuses! All of the rover action will be live streamed on the URC YouTube Channel, June 3-6.Teams' competition times will be split into two separate sessions. The first session will consist of the Equipment Servicing Mission and the Autonomous Navigation Mission. The second session will consist of the Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission.Competition ScheduleAll times are MDT (UTC-6; officially known as Mountain Daylight Time, but we prefer to think of it as Mars Desert Time!)Thursday, June 303:00 - Pharaohs Team - Session 117:00 - Sooner Rover Team - Session 120 ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 4:09 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021 Rules Posted Although the COVID-19 global pandemic forced the cancellation of the URC2021 Finals, the URC team is excited to announce the Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021! Teams will have the opportunity to compete in three missions: the Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, the Equipment Servicing Mission, and the Autonomous Navigation Mission.The Virtual University Rover Challenge 2021 will be held June 3-5, 2021, with teams competing at their local campuses or communities. The rules and instructions are posted publicly so that any team may participate, however only teams who placed in the top 36 of the URC2021 System Acceptance Review (SAR) will be scored live by judges. The rules are posted here.This virtual event does not take the ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 3:35 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Statement Regarding Cancellation of URC2021 Finals This year and every year, the University Rover Challenge aims to provide the best possible educational experience to students, while ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone involved. While we are encouraged by the current COVID-19 public health metrics and increase in global vaccine distribution, conditions are not at a point that permit large-scale events requiring travel of geographically dispersed groups. Unfortunately, due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the URC2021 Finals have been cancelled.We are currently assessing the feasibility of a virtual competition in lieu of the URC2021 Finals and will communicate details with teams soon. Results from the System Acceptance Review will also be announced in the coming days.The URC ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2021, 7:50 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • System Acceptance Review Requirements Posted At this time in early 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the majority of URC teams. The foremost priority for URC remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our teams. Teams are urged to follow all applicable health and safety guidelines, and not take unnecessary risks if you are working on your rover.System Acceptance Review: The System Acceptance Review (SAR) will take place as planned. Regardless of the fate of the URC2021 Finals, the SAR is an invaluable part of URC's educational process. Updated requirements have been posted to the System Acceptance Review page, and include guidance on adjustments that should be made based on the impact of COVID-19.The SAR Report will include a ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2021, 8:20 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.
 
2021 University Rover Challenge:
June 3-5, 2021
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