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2023 University Rover Challenge Rules Released (September 13, 2022)

The University Rover Challenge is excited to announce the release of the rules for URC2023!

Click here for the URC2023 rules

Registration for the 2023 competition will open on October 1, 2022, and will close on October 26, 2022. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by December 2, 2022, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow on March 3, 2023. The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2023 University Rover Challenge Finals, held May 31 - June 3, 2023 at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station.

Teams and rovers will compete in 4 missions in 2023: the Science Mission, Extreme Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous Navigation Mission.

It is important to note that URC2023 is being planned and will occur amidst the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. At the time that the rules were published it is uncertain what the state of the pandemic will be in June, 2023 for the URC2023 Finals. While unlikely, it is possible that the URC2023 Finals may need to be modified, or even cancelled, based on conditions at that time. Please note that the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19! This will apply to all attendees of the URC2023 Finals, assuming that they are held. Teams should continue to monitor the URC website (including the COVID-19 page) for updates.