Recent Announcements

  • Protocase Returns as Sponsor for 2019 University Rover Challenge The Mars Society is proud to welcome Protocase back as a major sponsor of the world-renowned University Rover Challenge! More than 12,000 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, all teams registered in the 2019 University Rover Challenge can harness Protocase's state-of-the-art manufacturing to have exactly what they need custom fabricated. URC2019 Protocase Sponsorship  The Protocase Sponsorship will be similar to the sponsorship ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:37 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Registration Now Open for URC2019 Registration for the 2019 University Rover Challenge is now open!  Teams have until November 2, 2018 to register.  Details can be found at the Team Info page.
    Posted Oct 2, 2018, 8:13 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2019 University Rover Challenge Rules Released The 2019 University Rover Challenge has officially begun with the release of the updated rules!Click here for the 2019 rulesRegistration for the 2019 competition will open in late September, 2018, and will close on November 2, 2018. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by November 30, 2018, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow in March, 2019.  The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2019 University Rover Challenge Finals, held May 30 - June 1, 2019 at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station.Teams and rover will compete in 4 missions in 2019: the Science Mission, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous Traversal ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2018, 6:06 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • University Rover Challenge Title Returns to Poland The University Rover Challenge (URC) awarded the title of World’s Top Mars Rover to the PCz Rover Team from the Czestochowa University of Technology in Poland on June 2.  The 2018 rendition of URC hosted 35 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 defending champions from 2017, the Mars Rover Design Team from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in the United States, turned in an impressive performance, finishing in second place.  This marks the third time the team has finished on the podium at URC.  The ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2018, 5:33 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Schedules, Scores, and the EST Preview A draft of the detailed task schedule for teams has now been posted to the URC2018 Schedule page.The URC2018 Scores page has now been updated with the System Acceptance Review scores, the first 100 possible points of the competition!Protocase and URC are excited to provide this sneak peak of the URC2018 Equipment Servicing Task:
    Posted May 26, 2018, 2:22 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.
 
2019 University Rover Challenge:
May 30 - June 1, 2019
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States
 


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