Recent Announcements

  • Registration Now Open for URC2018 Registration for the 2018 University Rover Challenge is now open!  Teams have until November 3, 2017 to register.  Details can be found at the Team Info page.
    Posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:54 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 2018 University Rover Challenge Rules Released The University Rover Challenge has officially released the rules for the 2018 competition!Click here for the URC2018 RulesRegistration for the 2018 competition will open in late September, 2017, and will close on November 3, 2017. Similar to previous years, teams will participate in a competitive down-selection process. The major milestones have been renamed for 2018 to better emphasize their place in the design life cycle, including a Preliminary Design Review due on December 3, 2017.The four competition tasks for 2018 are updated versions of the 2017 tasks: the Science Cache Task, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task, Equipment Servicing Task, and Autonomous Traversal Task. There are several small changes throughout the rules, so teams are encouraged to ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 7:31 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC Announcement Regarding Final Standings Immediately following the release of the final scores for the 2017 University Rover Challenge (URC2017), the judges were notified of a potential error in the points recorded for the Continuum team (Uniwersytet Wrocławski; Poland) on the Autonomous Traversal Task.  The judges awarded Continuum 70 points for successfully completing five gates; however, the team indicated that their rover had successfully reached the sixth gate during their allotted time.An initial review of the judges’ field notes was consistent with the 70 points awarded, although in the days following URC2017 judges were able to locate video taken during Continuum’s performance on the Autonomous Traversal Task.  This video review confirmed that Continuum did successfully reach the sixth gate, and earned 85 points ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 5:25 AM by Kevin Sloan
  • American Rover Earns World’s Top Mars Rover Title After three days of intense competition under the hot desert sun, the Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) from the Missouri University of Science and Technology became the first team from the United States to win the University Rover Challenge (URC) since 2010. 35 rovers and more than 500 students from seven countries descended upon the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah for this annual competition which asks college students to design and build the world’s best Mars rover. Poland was represented on the podium for the 5th consecutive year, as the PCz Rover Team from the Częstochowa University of Technology won second place. Brigham Young University (BYU) from the United States earned the third position, marking the ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 1:14 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Competition Schedule Posted The competition schedule, to include the detailed task schedule, has now been posted at the URC2017 Schedule page!  Please note that, while unlikely, the task schedule may change.  Other important notes:Pay careful attention to the 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz sub-bands allocated to your stations throughout the event (if your team is operating in those frequency bands).The time range listed for the Autonomous Traversal Task is approximate, and will vary depending upon the number of stages teams reach.  There are 3 stages total for this task.Please note that for the Sample Cache Task, your team has two time slots.  The first is for your rover's on-course time.  The second is for your team ...
    Posted May 25, 2017, 10:37 PM 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.
 
2018 University Rover Challenge:
May 31 - June 2, 2018
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States
 


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