Recent Announcements

  • University Rover Challenge Title Returns to Poland The University Rover Challenge (URC) awarded the title of World’s Top Mars Rover to the PCz Rover Team from the Czestochowa University of Technology in Poland on June 2.  The 2018 rendition of URC hosted 35 rovers and more than 500 students from ten countries at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah.  URC is an annual competition which asks college students to design and build the world’s best Mars rover. The defending champions from 2017, the Mars Rover Design Team from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in the United States, turned in an impressive performance, finishing in second place.  This marks the third time the team has finished on the podium at URC.  The ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2018, 5:33 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Schedules, Scores, and the EST Preview A draft of the detailed task schedule for teams has now been posted to the URC2018 Schedule page.The URC2018 Scores page has now been updated with the System Acceptance Review scores, the first 100 possible points of the competition!Protocase and URC are excited to provide this sneak peak of the URC2018 Equipment Servicing Task:
    Posted May 26, 2018, 2:22 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • Announcing the URC Meet & Greet Hosted by Protocase, and Rover Rodeo We are excited to announce the URC Meet & Greet Hosted by Protocase, and Rover Rodeo, as part of URC2018!Wednesday, May 30, 20185:00pm - 8:00pm: URC Meet & Greet Hosted by Protocase at the Hanksville Emergency Services Building6:30pm - 8:00pm: URC Rover Rodeo at the Hanksville Arena - Open to the Public!!Click here for the URC Map URC Meet and Greet Hosted by ProtocasePlease join URC and Protocase for a fun event to kick everything off on Wednesday, May 30, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, following the Check-In period.  Enjoy a BBQ provided by Duke's Slickrock & Grill, and meet with industry representatives from Honeybee Robotics and Microsoft (bring your resumes!).  This event will take place ...
    Posted May 14, 2018, 7:34 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • URC2018 Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task - Course Posted The judges have released the course map and detailed instructions for the URC2018 Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task:
    Posted May 13, 2018, 9:16 PM by Kevin Sloan
  • 36 Teams Advance to URC2018 Finals From a record field of 95 teams, the University Rover Challenge (URC) has announced the 36 teams from 10 countries who have been selected to compete May 31 - June 2 at the Mars Desert Research Station.  See the video announcement below, thanks to Protocase!Teams previously passed a Preliminary Design Review milestone, and most recently passed an extremely competitive System Acceptance Review milestone.  Rovers competing at the URC finals will face four extremely difficult tasks for their Mars rovers: the Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task, the Equipment Servicing Task, the Autonomous Traversal Task, and the Science Cache Task.  These events challenge teams to design and build highly capable robotic systems able to traverse extreme and aggressive terrain, perform maintenance on ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 4:57 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.
2018 University Rover Challenge:
May 31 - June 2, 2018
Mars Desert Research Station
Hanksville, Utah,  United States

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