Cornell Mars Rover

We're not crazy. We're out of this WORLD.

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Thank you for your interest in joining our team! We have begun reviewing the submitted applications. You can expect to hear back from us regarding interviews later this week.

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About the Team

The Cornell Mars Rover project team designs an innovative Mars rover to compete in the University Rover Challenge. We are an interdisciplinary student-run team that brings together talented minds from engineering, science, and business. Together, we foster creativity through the development of our competitive design.

Cornell Mars Rover was established in 2010 as a student project team at Cornell University. Since our inception, we have gotten off to an amazing start with the generous support of Cornell. Our team has grown to have 6 sub-teams, over 40 members, and 5 rovers.

We are Cornell Mars Rover. And yes, we really are out of this world!

University Rover Challenge

The Mars Society is an international organization promoting the exploration and eventual settlement of Mars that annually hosts the University Rover Challenge at the Mars Desert Research Center in southern Utah.

The URC pushes students beyond the theoretical knowledge they gain in classes, encouraging innovation and creation of new rovers to aid in future explorations of our neighboring planet. Each team must design, build, and operate a rover to compete against other contending universities in a variety of field tasks that actual Mars rovers face on missions to the Red Planet.

The winning team will present its rover at the International Mars Society Convention and earn transportation, lodging and admission for five team members to the annual International Mars Society Convention held in the summer.

Check out the 2015 Team Progress Video.

Earthlings Think We're Cool

Through the development of our rovers, we are able to take on real-world Mars challenges without ever leaving Earth! We take pride in the functionality, style, and performance of the hardware and software that give life to our rovers. Our excellence in research and design, all through student hands, has not only contributed to our experience, but it has raised the standards for innovative Do-It-Yourself rover design.


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Why CMR?

CMR has a competitive edge over many of the universities competing in the University Rover Challenge. Cornell provides access to premium research facilities and resources on campus that we are able to use in order to build and test our rover. Additionally, though our team is researched and led by students, we also have access to our adviser and other faculty who are experts in their field.

Interested in Joining?

Project teams at Cornell are an excellent way to develop practical, hands-on skills. As a cross-disciplinary team, CMR welcomes students from all majors and years who demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm and commitment.

We encourage all interested students to learn more about CMR and explore the work done by each of our subteams. Recruitment usually takes place at the beginning of fall semester.

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