The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team has won the 2017 University Rover Challenge, an international design competition where teams showcase potential next-generation Mars rovers.
The team finished first among 35 collegiate teams at the University Rover Challenge (URC), held June 1-3 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. The event is sponsored by the Mars Society. The URC is designed to demonstrate the fundamentals of remote robotic travel and task completion. The Utah desert is used for the annual competition because it resembles the rocky terrain of Mars.
The Mars Society announced S&T’s victory in a tweet on Saturday, June 2.
We have a winner! Mars Rover Design Team from Missouri S&T with 403.4 pts! pic.twitter.com/1cKMPlOx2q
— URC (@URConMars) June 4, 2017
The Missouri S&T team competed against teams from around the world. Countries represented include Bangladesh, Canada, India, Poland and Turkey in addition to the United States.
At the three-day event, teams attempted to complete four challenges:
Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover, named Gryphon, was designed and built by the students. The team developed custom circuitry for the rover, machined the aluminum and carbon-fiber support structure, developed durable wheels for terrain mobility, and 3-D printed gears used in the rover.
Members of the S&T Mars Rover Design Team also plan to participate in Maker Faire Kansas City, to be held June 24-25 At Union Station in Kansas City. Missouri S&T is a sponsor of that event.
The Mars Rover Design Team is one of 18 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides teams with computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Almost every team competes annually at an event against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world.
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Every week I get told that the US is not turning out engineers and scientists anymore-to which I politely call BS on and call attention to our university and others that are turning out thousands of top quality graduates. This is another example and congrats to the team, also learning organizational and management skills that will be valuable in the workplace combined with technical know how, esp hands on experience.
Congratulations to the whole team for a great win! 🙂
Great news and congratulations to all students and support staff.
A big atta boy and atta girl to all.
Way to show good old American ingenuity to all countries and show them where Rolla is at.
Ken Rapplean. Geo.E. 1974
spanked the competition http://urc.marssociety.org/home/about-urc/urc2017-scores
Way to go S&T! Glad to see the robotics tradition lives on.
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.
An outstanding team performance. That shows what a great school MO S&T is to all. And the tuition might well be called a bargain, even for out of state students!
DGS, UMR 71′
Academy of EECE 1992.
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