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International Rover Challenge (iRoC 2021)

The 2021 challenge

Date: Thursday 12 August and Friday 13 August 2021
Location: Sydney International Convention Centre
Registrations: Click here to register your team

The International Rover Challenge for students (iRoC) features Australian and International high school students building, operating and competing their semi-autonomous rovers in a simulated martian environment, accomplishing navigation, and construction tasks while assisted and mentored by universities, industry and government partners.

The rovers will conduct In-situ semi-autonomous tasks and interact with the environment using a robotic arm. In addition to the physical challenge, students presented their rover designs to industry professionals, academia and International Rover Challenge judges.

The International Rover Challenge for students (iRoC) will be delivered in conjunction with COSPAR-K a free Space STEM event. See more details below.

Challenge Guide, Rules, Procedures and Specifications

The iRover Scenario

You are part of an engineering team that has been set the challenge to design and build a remote-controlled semi- autonomous land-based rover for use on the surface of Mars.

The iRoC challenge is to build a model rover that can simulate this scenario using scaled robotic equipment.

The ‘iRover’ is a surface vehicle designed and constructed by students. The task is to perform a mission on a simulated Mars surface map using the Aldrin Family Foundations Giant Mars Map.

The iRover will have quality engineering design and be constructed to perform reliably.

Download the current Challenge Guide, Rules, Procedures & Specifications
*Note you need to monitor this site to ensure that you have the latest version. Current version 23-06-21

Mentoring opportunities are available for teams across Australia and Internationally. Contact for more information about mentoring opportunities.

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