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  • Rules Released for 2017 University Rover Challenge The University Rover Challenge has officially released the competition rules for URC2017!  Student teams will spend the coming academic year designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers.  The field competition will take place June 1-3, 2017 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah.Following the unprecedented growth and success of the event last year, the judges have made several updates and changes to the rules.  Due to the exceptional quality of teams and rovers, the 2017 competition will revert to a single-tier format with the elimination of the Semi-Finals.  New events have also been added, as the popular Terrain Traversing and Astronaut Assistance Tasks of past years have been combined into a ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:15 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2016 Crowns Back-to-Back Champions The 2016 University Rover Challenge concluded on Saturday (June 4th) at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah as 28 rovers and more than 300 college students took on the harsh Mars-like terrain of this unique venue.  Following two rounds of competition and five different events over a three-day period, the Legendary Rover Team from Rzeszow University of Technology in Poland defended their title from 2015 with another amazing victory. The podium was rounded out by the second place WSU Everett Engineering Club from Washington State University Everett and third place Continuum team from the University of Wroclaw in Poland.  The WSU team’s performance was particularly amazing in light of the fact ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 2:59 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • First Day of Excitement Kicks Off 2016 University Rover Challenge The tenth annual rendition of the University Rover Challenge (URC) featured an exciting Semi-Finals round of competition on Thursday, June 2 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah.  The international robotics competition for college students, which is part of the Rover Challenge Series, features an elite field of teams vying to build the world’s best student-build Mars rover. The Semi-Finals round of competition is a new feature for URC.  Teams were required to compete in a short 5 minute obstacle course that challenged their ability traverse complex obstacles, perform various manipulation tasks, and demonstrate their scientific knowledge.  The fast-paced action was exciting for students and judges, with teams each having 3 attempts ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2016, 5:30 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 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
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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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