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Rules Released for 2016 University Rover Challenge

posted Sep 16, 2015, 6:17 PM by Kevin Sloan
The University Rover Challenge (URC) has kicked off its tenth year by releasing the competition rules for URC2016!  Student teams will spend the coming academic year designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers.  The field competition will take place June 2-4, 2016 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah.
Coming off of unprecedented growth over the past two years, URC organizers have outlined the most substantial change of the competition format to date.  Teams who are invited to the field competition in Hanksville will compete in the Semi-Finals on the first day of competition.  Teams finishing in the top half of competitors after the Semi-Finals will then compete in the Ares Finals.  The remaining competitors will move on to the Phobos Finals, which will also take place during the last two days of competition.
This new competition format will allow URC to expand its competition field, while offering all teams incredible opportunities at the world's premier robotics competition for college students.
In 2015 a record 44 teams from eight countries registered for URC.  After the first ever competitive down-selection process, 23 teams were invited to the field competition, which didn't fail to excite.  This worldwide phenomenon continued earlier this month with the second European Rover Challenge, which put on a remarkable show and helped demonstrate the enthusiasm, talent and ambition of college students.
2016 will be a year of new records and new opportunities for teams, including an exiting announcement planned for later this month!
Teams are reminded that the Questions and Answers (Q&A) page is a living document that clarifies the rules, and will be enforced as part of the rules.  Teams may submit any questions throughout the year to Kevin Sloan, URC Director (kevin@marssociety.org) and Darrel Robertson, URC Associate Director for Requirements and Guidelines (drobertson@marssociety.org).