Team Proposals may be submitted between December 2, 2016 and January 20, 2017
Format and Submission Details
Team proposals are limited to a total of 4 pages. Pages 1-2 may contain text and graphics (images, figures, etc.); pages 3-4 may only contain graphics with captions. Pages should be in letter paper size (8.5 in. x 11 in.), with margins no smaller than 1 in. (2.5 cm), text in 12 point font, and single spaced. Graphics and images are allowed within the page limit, but are not required (they are strongly encouraged). Team Proposals may be submitted as early as December 2, 2016 and will be reviewed by judges on a rolling basis. Team Proposals must be submitted no later than January 20, 2017. This is a considered a non-competitive review milestone, meaning that proposals will only be assessed on their own merits.
A header at the top of the first page must identify the URC team's name, the student team lead, and an additional optional point of contact.
Electronic submissions in *.doc, *.docx or *.pdf file formats may be sent via email attachment to kevin [at] marssociety [dot] org. Email attachments should be no larger than 4 MB. Google Drive files are not allowed for submissions.
The Team Proposal is expected to focus on the team structure, resources, and project plan. Technical details regarding the rover are encouraged, but not required. Judges will be assessing each team's overall level of readiness to undertake the URC competition.
The following are essential elements of information that teams are required to address. Teams may discuss any other topics that they feel are appropriate.
1. Team Structure
Discuss your team's structure, to include the leadership and overall membership. The background of team members (which academic departments are represented, relevant experience, etc.) should also be discussed.
2. Team Resources
Discuss your team's financial and facility resources. This should include your fundraising and financial management plan, as well as your access to appropriate design and fabrication spaces.
3. Project Management Plan
Discuss your team's overall approach to the URC system development life cycle. This plan should explain how you intend to solve the problems, not necessarily the exact solution. Although not explicitly required, technical design and implementation details may be provided to support the project management plan discussion.
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