Recent Announcements

  • Protocase Returns as Sponsor for 2018 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 2018 University Rover Challenge can harness Protocase's state-of-the-art manufacturing to have exactly what they need custom fabricated. URC2018 Protocase Sponsorship The Protocase Sponsorship will be similar to the sponsorship ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 3:44 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Registration Now Open for URC2018 Registration for the 2018 University Rover Challenge is now open!  Teams have until November 3, 2017 to register.  Details can be found at the Team Info page.
    Posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:54 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2018 University Rover Challenge Rules Released The University Rover Challenge has officially released the rules for the 2018 competition!Click here for the URC2018 RulesRegistration for the 2018 competition will open in late September, 2017, and will close on November 3, 2017. Similar to previous years, teams will participate in a competitive down-selection process. The major milestones have been renamed for 2018 to better emphasize their place in the design life cycle, including a Preliminary Design Review due on December 3, 2017.The four competition tasks for 2018 are updated versions of the 2017 tasks: the Science Cache Task, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task, Equipment Servicing Task, and Autonomous Traversal Task. There are several small changes throughout the rules, so teams are encouraged to ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 7:31 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC Announcement Regarding Final Standings Immediately following the release of the final scores for the 2017 University Rover Challenge (URC2017), the judges were notified of a potential error in the points recorded for the Continuum team (Uniwersytet Wrocławski; Poland) on the Autonomous Traversal Task.  The judges awarded Continuum 70 points for successfully completing five gates; however, the team indicated that their rover had successfully reached the sixth gate during their allotted time.An initial review of the judges’ field notes was consistent with the 70 points awarded, although in the days following URC2017 judges were able to locate video taken during Continuum’s performance on the Autonomous Traversal Task.  This video review confirmed that Continuum did successfully reach the sixth gate, and earned 85 points ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 5:25 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • American Rover Earns World’s Top Mars Rover Title After three days of intense competition under the hot desert sun, the Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) from the Missouri University of Science and Technology became the first team from the United States to win the University Rover Challenge (URC) since 2010. 35 rovers and more than 500 students from seven countries descended upon the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah for this annual competition which asks college students to design and build the world’s best Mars rover. Poland was represented on the podium for the 5th consecutive year, as the PCz Rover Team from the Częstochowa University of Technology won second place. Brigham Young University (BYU) from the United States earned the third position, marking the ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 1:14 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.
 
2018 University Rover Challenge:
May 31 - June 2, 2018
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States
 


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