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30 Student Teams Advance to 2016 University Rover Challenge Semi-Finals

posted Mar 21, 2016, 4:50 AM by Kevin Sloan

In December, 2015 a record 63 teams from 12 countries set out to design and build the world’s top Mars rover.  Now 30 teams have advanced past the Critical Design Review (CDR) stage of the University Rover Challenge and will compete in the field competition, being held June 2-4, 2016 at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah.

The 2016 rendition of this contest, URC2016, introduces the first ever Semi-Final round of competition.  On the first day, teams will race for the fastest time in a “short course” event that tests rovers’ maneuverability and dexterity in the Mars-like terrain of the Utah desert, in addition to the student team’s scientific knowledge.  The top 15 teams will advance to the Ares Finals and compete in a variety of tasks for the top overall spot.  The remaining teams will then advance to the Phobos Finals for an equally exciting competition.

During the CDR process a panel of judges reviewed technical reports and video submissions from each of the teams.  Judges were unanimously surprised at the extraordinary quality of teams and their rovers.  The students, who have devoted countless hours to their projects throughout the academic year, put their passion on full display in their submissions.  Due to the exceptional quality of rovers, the judges elected to expand the originally-planned 28 team field to 30 team.

The final field represents 7 countries:

United States

Cornell Mars Rover; Cornell University
Husky Robotics Team; University of Washington
Mars Rover Design Team; Missouri University of Science & Technology
MAVRIC; Iowa State University
Michigan Mars Rover Team; University of Michigan
Project Pioneer; Brigham Young University
SJSU Robotics; San Jose State University
Titan Rover; California State University, Fullerton
Wisconsin Robotics; University of Wisconsin-Madison
WSU Everett Engineering Club; Washington State University
Yale Undergraduate Rover Association; Yale University


AIUB Robotic Crew; American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB)
Interplanetar; Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
IUT Mars Rover; Islamic University Of Technology (IUT)


McGill Robotics; McGill University
Queen's Space Engineering Team; Queen's University
Robotics for Space Exploration (RSX); University of Toronto
University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team; University of Saskatchewan


Pharaohs; Military Technical Collage


KMC Robo Physicists; University of Delhi
Mars Rover Manipal; Manipal University

Rudra; SRM University, Chennai


#next team; Bialystok University of Technology
Continuum; University of Wrocław
Legendary Rover Team; Rzeszow University of Technology
PCz Rover Team; Czestochowa University of Technology
Project Scorpio; Wrocław University of Technology
Raptors; Lodz University of Technology
SKA Robotics; Warsaw University of Technology

South Korea

ROVATA; Chungnam National University

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