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23 Student Teams Advance to 2015 University Rover Challenge Finals

posted Apr 3, 2015, 7:23 AM by Kevin Sloan   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 7:26 AM ]
In December, 2014 a record 44 teams from eight countries set out to design and build the world’s top Mars rover.  Now 23 teams have advanced past the Critical Design Review stage of the University Rover Challenge and will compete in the final competition, being held May 28-30 at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah.
The 2015 rendition of this competition, URC2015, is the first time that teams faced a competitive down-selection process prior to the field event. Competition judges reviewed technical reports and video submissions from each of the teams that passed a previous Team Proposal round, all of whom had made significant technical progress.
The final field was originally planned for 22 teams.  However the competition for these spots was so close that judges were forced to open a 23rd slot.
The final field represents 6 countries and 4 continents:
United States

BYU Mars Rover; Brigham Young University

Cornell Mars Rover; Cornell University

Husky Robotics; University of Washington

Mars Rover Design Team; Missouri University of Science and Technology

MAVRIC; Iowa State University

The R.O.V.E.R. Society at U.T. Arlington; The University of Texas at Arlington

Yale Undergraduate Rover Association; Yale University


Mongol Barota; Military Institute of Science and Technology


McGill Robotics; McGill University

Queen's Space Engineering Team (QSET); Queen’s University

Robotics for Space Exploration (RSX); University of Toronto

University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team (USST); University of Saskatchewan


Lunar & Martian Rovers' Team (LMRT); Cairo University & Military Technical College


Hindustan Mars Rover; Hindustan University

IITB Mars Rover Team; IIT Bombay

KMC ROBOPHYSICISTS; Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi

The Rover Boyz; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham



#next team; Bialystok University of Technology

ERIS Project ARES ROVER; Warsaw University of Technology

Legendary Rover Team; Rzeszow University of Technology

PCz Rover Team; Czestochowa University of Technology

Project Scorpio; Wrocław University of Technology

URC2015 is graciously sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the Louis L. Stott Foundation, and Protocase, Inc.  For more information about the University Rover Challenge, visit http://urc.marssociety.org.