Recent Announcements

  • 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
  • Record Number of Teams Set to Compete in 2016 University Rover Challenge The University Rover Challenge (URC) has closed registration for its 2016 competition with a record 63 student teams from 12 countries.  The teams are vying to design and build the world’s top Mars rover as part of the world’s premier robotics competition for college students.Over the course of the coming months, teams will pass through a series of reviews that will down-select to the strongest contenders who will be invited to the field competition held at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah in early June, 2016. The field of registered teams includes all of the podium finishers (top three teams) from URC2015, as well as the 2015 European Rover Challenge.  A large ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2015, 3:58 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Protocase Webinar November 24 Protocase is back as a sponsor of the University Rover Challenge, and the deal for teams is even better!  The $2,000 credit towards custom parts will count as an exemption to teams' $15,000 budget limit.  Protocase will be hosting a webinar on November 24 to introduce teams to their capabilities, as well as the process to take advantage of the sponsorship.  Any team may participate in the webinar, however only registered teams may take advantage of the sponsorship.The webinar link will be sent to teams via the URC-Announce email list only.  The information below is provided by Protocase.Hello! We are excited to work with you once again on your University Rover Challenge designs. Protocase offers ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2015, 6:48 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.
2016 University Rover Challenge:
June 2-4, 2016
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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