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Rules Released for 2017 University Rover Challenge

posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:15 AM by Kevin Sloan
The University Rover Challenge has officially released the competition rules for URC2017!  Student teams will spend the coming academic year designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers.  The field competition will take place June 1-3, 2017 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah.

Following the unprecedented growth and success of the event last year, the judges have made several updates and changes to the rules.  Due to the exceptional quality of teams and rovers, the 2017 competition will revert to a single-tier format with the elimination of the Semi-Finals.  New events have also been added, as the popular Terrain Traversing and Astronaut Assistance Tasks of past years have been combined into a single Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task.  In the most exciting addition for 2017, the Autonomous Traversal Task will require teams to field autonomy on their rovers for the first time.

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).

The University Rover Challenge is part of the Rover Challenge Series (RCS), powered by the Mars Society.  The RCS also includes the European Rover Challenge (ERC) and United Kingdom University Rover Challenge (UKURC) events.