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36 Teams Advance to URC2018 Finals

posted Mar 22, 2018, 4:57 AM by Kevin Sloan
From a record field of 95 teams, the University Rover Challenge (URC) has announced the 36 teams from 10 countries who have been selected to compete May 31 - June 2 at the Mars Desert Research Station.  See the video announcement below, thanks to Protocase!


Teams previously passed a Preliminary Design Review milestone, and most recently passed an extremely competitive System Acceptance Review milestone.  Rovers competing at the URC finals will face four extremely difficult tasks for their Mars rovers: the Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task, the Equipment Servicing Task, the Autonomous Traversal Task, and the Science Cache Task.  These events challenge teams to design and build highly capable robotic systems able to traverse extreme and aggressive terrain, perform maintenance on critical field equipment, and conduct meaningful field science.

Now in its 12th year, URC has challenged hundreds of teams and thousands of students through this unique multi-disciplinary educational event.  In recent years URC's parent organization, the Mars Society, has formed the Rover Challenge Series, which features similar competitions around the world aimed at developing the next generation of talented and ambitious leaders in engineering, science, and space exploration.
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