University Rover Challenge
The Mars Society is an international organization promoting the exploration and eventual settlement of Mars through public awareness, government funding, and private sector investment. The Mars Society 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.