The team is divided into sub-teams that each focus on different systems of the rover or on the business and administrative functions that sustain the team. Below, the sub-teams are listed in alphabetical order:


The purpose of the Manipulators sub-team is to design and build the systems responsible for physically interacting with objects, especially during the Equipment Servicing task at competition. This includes a robotic arm which can interact with tools, valves, and switches.

Power Systems

The Power sub-team provides safe and reliable power to the rover's electronics. This requires a custom lithium-ion battery pack contained in a box that interfaces with custom circuits boards for a battery management system, power distribution board, and motor controllers.

Public Relations and Outreach

The Public Relations & Outreach sub-team's core activities are the promotion of the team and the planning of recruitment, fundraising, and outreach events. We aim to not only support our team and its members through our actions, but also inspire the next generation of humanity to pursue opportunities in STEM and explore the universe.

Research and Development

The goal of the R&D sub-team is to integrate the new members who are unsure about which system they want to work on into the MRDT culture by enabling them to work on manageable, interdisciplinary projects.

RoveCore - Electrical

The RoveCore - Electrical sub-team designs and fabricates printed circuit boards (such as the navigation, drive, and camera boards) and integrates the various sub-systems of the rover into a single inter-connected appliance. This sub-team also develops software for RED (the interface that controls the rover), signals processing, and computer vision to enable the rover to autonomously traverse its environment.

RoveCore - Mechanical

RoveCore - Mechanical consists of all of the mechanical systems within the core of the rover such as the frame, suspension, propulsion, and wheels.


The science sub-team's objective is to identify "Martian" life during the sample return task. Projects range from the mechanisms needed to collect the soil sample at competition to analyzing the environment of the site and the sample itself. Some of the science systems include the spectrometer, drill, and base station experiments.

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