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:
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
RUDRA -SRM MARS ROVER; SRM University
#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.