The 2018 University Rover Challenge (URC) took place in at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, May 31 - June 2. Thirty-six teams from 10 countries participated in the annual event. Both graduate and undergraduate students make up the teams.
This is the first year that the Stanford Robotics Club has participated in the competition. The Stanford MARS Rover Team placed 34th, and is already making plans for the 2019 competition.
The URC required completion of the same tasks as in previous years: Sample Cache Task, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task, Equipment Servicing Task, and the Autonomous Traversal Task. Teams and their rovers were additionally challenged with harder versions of several tasks. The most exciting task of 2018 proved to be the Equipment Servicing Task, which featured a custom lander designed and built by a URC sponsor. Rovers were required to load a canister into the lander, and conduct a series of complex procedures required to "launch" this lander from Mars back to Earth.
The 2018 Stanford Robotics Mars Rover Team members are:
- Shi Tuck - Sophomore in EE - Electrical systems
- Christina (Tina) Li - Sophomore in CS - Drive Mechanical
- Claire Huang - Sophomore in CS - Arm Mechanical
- Michal Adamkiewicz - Sophomore in EE - Team Lead
- Neil Movva - Junior in EE - Electrical systems
- Freddy Dopfel - Graduate Student in MS&E
- Julia Thompson - Freshmen in Chemistry and Mathematics - Science Analysis
- Chandler Watson - Freshmen in CS - Team Lead
- Thariq Ridha - Freshmen in CS - Drive Mechanical
- Nick Lai - Sophomore in CS - Science Analysis
- Marion Lepert - Senior in ME - Arm Mechanical
- Rachel Gardner - Sophomore in CS - Software
- Peter Maldonado - Freshmen in CS - Software
- Victoria Tsai - Sophomore in CS - Software
- Thomas White - Sophomore in AA - Drive Mechanical
- Chaitanya Asawa - Senior in CS - Software
Congratulations to all the Mars Rover teams!