Recent Announcements

  • Registration Open for URC2020! Registration for the 2020 University Rover Challenge is now open!  Teams have until November 1, 2019 to register.  Details can be found at the Team Info page.
    Posted Oct 7, 2019, 8:19 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2020 University Rover Challenge Rules Released The 2020 University Rover Challenge has officially begun with the release of the updated rules!Click here for the 2020 rulesRegistration for the 2020 competition will open in late September, 2019, and will close on November 1, 2019. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by December 6, 2019, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow on February 28, 2020.  The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2020 University Rover Challenge Finals, held May 28 - May 30, 2020 at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station.Teams and rovers will compete in 4 missions in 2020: the Science Mission, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2019, 4:57 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2019 University Rover Challenge Crowns New Champion The University Rover Challenge (URC) awarded the title of World’s Top Mars Rover to the IMPULS team from Kielce University of Technology in Poland on June 1. The 2019 rendition of URC hosted 34 rovers and more than 500 students from ten countries at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. URC is an annual competition which asks college students to design and build the world’s best Mars rover. The win for the IMPULS team, their first ever, comes after a strong third place finish in 2018. The rest of the 2019 podium featured returning teams with breakout performances, vaulting each into the top three for the first time in their respective teams’ histories. The Ryerson ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2019, 6:45 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Congratulations to the URC2019 Podium Congratulations to all teams at URC2019, including our top 3:1: IMPULS (Kielce University of Technology, Poland) - 362.9 points2: Ryerson Rams Robotics (Ryerson University, Canada) - 329.5 points3: Stanford Student Robotics (Stanford University, USA) - 323.2 pointsAll of the URC2019 scores have been posted!
    Posted Jun 1, 2019, 8:22 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Important Weather Announcement Teams should be advised that very unseasonable weather is impacting southern Utah, and may continue to be of concern through URC2019. Significant rain has made off-road conditions extremely difficult, and forecasts continue to underestimate the amount of rainfall. Safety is the top priority at URC; teams are encouraged to be prepared and use good judgement.Temperatures have been much cooler than usual - be prepared for especially cool mornings (by URC standards)!Due to heavy rainfall, unpaved roads and trails are extremely muddy or even impassable. Teams should not drive off-road at all prior to URC! Be mindful of flash flooding in the desert.Teams may not visit MDRS prior to URC.4-Wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles ...
    Posted May 24, 2019, 7:14 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.
2020 University Rover Challenge:
May 28-30, 2020
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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