The Mars Rover Challenge involves 4 major tasks simulating features required for the next generation interplanetary rover.


Science Cache

Rovers are required to find evidence of life or ability to support life. This involves soil collection, followed by both onboard and lab based analysis to assess presence of microbial life.

Extreme retrieval & delivery

Simulating a scenario where a rover collects numerous tools for an astronaut, this tasks tests the ability of the rover to overcome terrain of increasing levels of difficulty. From soft sandy regions to boulder fields, this tasks is designed to test the integrity and capability of our rover.

Equipment Servicing

Rovers are required to carry out a series of skillful operations on a mock-up equipment system. The rover completes various operations step by step, including fuel pouring and button manipulation. This task requires the design of a resilient robotic arm, capable of assisting humans.

Autonomous Travel Mission

The next generation of Mars Rovers are expected to have superior autonomy to allow the astronauts more freedom to carry out many more essential complex tasks. This challenge tests our rover's ability to traverse through land using complex terrain mapping systems and path planning software.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
— Carl Sagan

to achieve

  • First UCL team to compete at URC.

  • Successfully mentor freshers in UKSEDS.

  • Make UCL Rover known to the world.

  • Have a whole lot of fun along the way!



  • Team formed, motivated, and working hard.

  • 12 all nighters completed.

  • 1357 cups of coffee consumed (and counting).

  • Competed in ERC 2018