Protocase is back for its third year as a major sponsor of the The Mars Society's University Rover Challenge! Similar to previous years, the company is offering each university team participating in the grueling Mars Rover design competition a $2000 USD sponsorship credit, which they can use for precision manufacturing of custom enclosures, parts and components for their unique Mars Rover design.
URC is a very challenging exercise for all of the university students competing, pushing them to improve on previous years' designs with Rovers that will excel in the various competition tasks held on Utah's Mars-like terrain. Beyond that, the international competition is hugely beneficial to the entire field of space exploration because it stimulates innovation and inspires the next generation of STEM talent.
Here's a brief timeline of the University Rover Challenge and Protocase's involvement:
2007 - The University Rover Challenge holds its inaugural competition
2015 - Protocase partners with the University Rover Challenge during its record year of 44 registered engineering teams from eight different countries
2016 - Protocase continues its sponsorship for a second year during another record-breaking year, with 63 registered engineering teams from twelve different countries
2016 - Protocase produces a documentary video showcasing how the University students prepare to design, build and test their Mars Rovers for the annual competition. This video (which can be viewed here) was premiered at the 19th Annual Mars Convention in Washington, DC.
2017 - Protocase is back for its third year sponsoring the University Rover Challenge, with the final field competition set for June 1-3, 2017 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah
Stay tuned to GoCapeBreton for more stories about Protocase precision-fabricating enclosures, parts and components for the University Rover Challenge, as well as dispatches from the competition in June 2017.
36 Teams Advance to the Finals.