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Polish, American Teams Lead the Field at 2015 University Rover Challenge

3 Jun 2015, 15:37 UTC
Polish, American Teams Lead the Field at 2015 University Rover Challenge
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The 2015 University Rover Challenge (URC) concluded Saturday at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah with the excitement that accompanies more than 200 students and nearly two dozen rovers. After competing in four rover operations tasks and a presentation task, the podium was rounded out by two Polish teams and an American team. The prestigious URC title left in the hands of the Legendary Rover Team from Rzeszow University of Technology in Poland, who scored an impressive 460 points (out of 500).BYU Mars Rover from Brigham Young University (USA) captured second place with 371 points, and Project Scorpio from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) finished in third place with 364 points. Polish and American teams captured the top six spots, and eight of the top ten.Now in its ninth year, URC has seen tremendous growth in participation. A record 44 teams began this journey last December. After a two-stage down-selection process, 23 teams were invited to the URC Finals in Utah at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). Teams are tasked with designing and building the next generation of Mars Rovers that could one day support astronauts exploring the surface of Mars.To read the full URC report, please ...

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