February 1, 2018


MRDT Accepted to Competition

For the sixth consecutive year, Mars Rover Design Team will travel to the desert of Southern Utah to participate in the University Rover Challenge (URC). From a record interest of 95 applicants, Mars Rover Design Team is one of 36 teams from 10 countries selected to participate in this year's competition. The team previously submitted several reports to URC for consideration, including a difficult and very competitive System Acceptance Review report and video. Click here to watch the video. 

A previous year's MRDT rover at the University Rover Challenge.

Mars Rover Design Team has participated in URC every year since 2013, including a first place win in last year's competition.

At this year's competition, Atlas, the team's 2018 rover, will be required to demonstrate ability to levels never seen before in the URC, including competencies in extreme retrieval and delivery, autonomous traversal through extreme and rough terrain, and equipment servicing on critical components, in addition to conducting meaningful field science on-board the rover. Even though the stakes are much higher, MRDT and Atlas are up for the challenge.


Click here to learn more about the University Rover Challenge.

Click here to watch URC's video announcing the 36 URC finalists.

Meet "Atlas"

Our 2018 Rover, "Atlas" is here! The rover was first revealed during the teams Rover Reveal on March 9, 2018. This is our sixth rover, and is the smartest, strongest, and most capable one yet. We are excited about the progress and development we have made since last year's Rover ("Gryphon"), and have no plans but to continue this progress in the coming years.

Click here to watch a short video demonstrating Atlas' capabilities.

Click here to watch "Beyond Mars", presented at Rover Reveal on March 9.


Mars Rover Design Team's 2018 Rover, "Atlas"
Click here for full-sized image.


Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team was founded with and continues to uphold one mission:
"To provide students with the expertise to overcome today’s challenges, become tomorrow’s visionaries, and to keep humanity forever curious."
Mars Rover Design Team is a student-led, university-sponsored design team at Missouri University of Science and Technology, which designs and builds advanced, next-generation Mars Rovers. The team's approximately 100 members of all academic majors work together to accomplish this daunting task, furthering their technical, leadership, and business skills.
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