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2021 University Rover Challenge Rules Released

posted Aug 25, 2020, 8:01 PM by Kevin Sloan
The University Rover Challenge is excited to announce the release of the rules for URC2021!

Registration for the 2021 competition will open in September, 2020, and will close on October 28, 2020. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by December 4, 2020, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow on March 5, 2021.  The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2021 University Rover Challenge Finals, held June 3-5, 2021 at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station.

The rules for 2021 are identical to the rules from the 2020 competition (which was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Teams and rovers will compete in 4 missions in 2021: the Science Mission, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous Traversal Mission.

It is important to note that URC2021 is being planned and will occur in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the time that the rules were published it is uncertain what the state of the pandemic will be in June, 2021 for the URC2021 Finals. As such, it is possible that the URC2021 Finals may need to be modified, or even cancelled, based on conditions at that time. Teams should continue to monitor the URC website (including the COVID-19 page) for updates.