Mastercam Joins as Sponsor for 2022 University Rover Challenge (September 20, 2021)
The Mars Society is excited to welcome Mastercam as a sponsor of the University Rover Challenge!
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URC2022 Mastercam Sponsorship
Teams competing in URC2022 are eligible to receive Mastercam software to support their design and manufacturing processes! To register for your free software and support, visit https://www.mastercam.com/the-mars-society-rover-challenge.
Protocase Returns as Sponsor for 2022 University Rover Challenge (September 15, 2021)
The Mars Society is proud to welcome Protocase back as a major sponsor of the world-renowned University Rover Challenge!
2022 University Rover Challenge Rules Released (September 8, 2021)
The University Rover Challenge is excited to announce the release of the rules for URC2022!
Registration for the 2022 competition will open in September, 2021, and will close on October 27, 2021. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by December 3, 2021, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow on March 4, 2022. The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2022 University Rover Challenge Finals, held June 1-4, 2022 at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station.
Teams and rovers will compete in 4 missions in 2021: the Science Mission, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous Navigation Mission. The rules for 2022 are very similar to the rules from the 2021 competition. A few of the updates include (but are not limited to):
During weigh-in, rovers must fit within a box that measures 1.2 m in all three dimensions (height was previously unbounded);
The Autonomous Navigation Mission has been updated to add increased importance to GNSS-based navigational accuracy;
The URC2022 Finals will feature an optional Drone Demo for aerial vehicles (this event is unscored, and imposes no impact to rover weight and budget limits).
It is important to note that URC2022 is being planned and will occur amidst the 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, 2022 for the URC2022 Finals. As such, it is possible that the URC2022 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 URC2022 Finals, assuming that they are held. Teams should continue to monitor the URC website (including the COVID-19 page) for updates.