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Record Number of Teams Set to Compete in 2016 University Rover Challenge

posted Dec 9, 2015, 3:12 AM by Kevin Sloan   [ updated Dec 9, 2015, 3:58 AM ]

The University Rover Challenge (URC) has closed registration for its 2016 competition with a record 63 student teams from 12 countries.  The teams are vying to design and build the world’s top Mars rover as part of the world’s premier robotics competition for college students.

Over the course of the coming months, teams will pass through a series of reviews that will down-select to the strongest contenders who will be invited to the field competition held at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah in early June, 2016.

The field of registered teams includes all of the podium finishers (top three teams) from URC2015, as well as the 2015 European Rover Challenge.  A large number of rookie teams are representing countries new to URC, including Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Nepal and South Korea.  View the full list of teams here.

2016 will mark the tenth annual competition for URC.  In its first eight years, the competition attracted 100 teams.  In the two years since (2015 and 2016), 107 teams have competed.

The next major milestone for teams will be a Team Proposal, due on January 22, 2016.

For more information on the University Rover Challenge, please visit http://urc.marssociety.org.