Recent Announcements

  • 36 Teams Advance to URC2017 Finals The most competitive Critical Design Review in University Rover Challenge (URC) history has concluded with 36 teams from 7 countries being selected to compete June 1-3 at the Mars Desert Research Station.A record 82 teams from 13 countries began the year trying to design and build the world's best astronaut-assisting Mars rover.  With most teams presenting highly advanced systems, judges were left with an incredibly difficult decision, and ultimately decided to expand the field of competitors from 30 to 36 teams.
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:38 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • Critical Design Review Packages Due March 3 The requirements have been posted for Critical Design Review (CDR) Packages, which are due March 3, 2017.  At the outcome of this milestone, judges will select the top 30 teams who will be invited to attend the 2017 University Rover Challenge at the Mars Desert Research Station.CDR instructions and requirements can be found at:
    Posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:58 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Protocase, Inc. Returns as URC Sponsor for 2017 Protocase is proud to be back as a major sponsor of The Mars Society’s world-renowned University Rover Challenge! More than 8,000 engineers and designers in science and innovation around the world depend on Protocase for custom-manufacturing electronic enclosures, sheet metal parts, machined parts and components in two to three days, with no minimum orders. Instead of using critical design time and effort taking off-the-shelf enclosures, parts and components and modifying them fit your Mars Rover design, you can harness our state-of-the-art manufacturing to have exactly what you need custom-fabricated from sheet metal. URC 2017 Protocase SponsorshipThe Protocase Sponsorship will be similar to the sponsorship offered in 2016:Each URC ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 8:32 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2017 Registration is Now Open! Teams have until December 2, 2016 to submit their registration for the 2017 University Rover Challenge.  The 2016 competition featured 63 teams from 12 countries... is your team ready to help us break that record?!  Visit the URC Team Info page for registration details!
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 7:24 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Rules Released for 2017 University Rover Challenge 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 ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:15 AM by Kevin Sloan
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The Challenge:
Design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field.
The Prize:
Cash prizes, a trip to present at the annual International Mars Society Convention, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
2017 University Rover Challenge:
June 1-3, 2017
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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