Robotics at UAA Club advances to finals of premier international robotics competition

by Jess  |   

The Robotics at UAA Club successfully made the cut through the extremely competitive selection process and will be heading to the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC) Finals held May 30-June 1, 2019, at the renowned Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. UAA is one of only 36 top-scoring teams selected among a field of 84 teams.

UAA Iceberg Robotics team members Tyler Stevens, left, and Forrest Simpson, right, use a 3D printer to fabricate parts for the team's new rover in the robotics lab in UAA's Engineering and Industry Building. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

"To put this accomplishment in perspective, UAA competes against international teams, from 10 different countries, and many teams that are heavily sponsored and boast fully-funded robotics labs," said UAA College of Engineering alumna and graduate student Virginia Groeschel, who serves as the team's project manager and team mentor. "Not only is this a milestone for this competition, but a major team achievement for this relatively new - only three years old - UAA engineering club."

The URC competition challenges student teams to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts exploring the Red Planet. Rover teams will compete in four missions: Science Mission, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous Traversal Mission.

Watch the team's URC submission video to learn more about their "Iceberg 3" project.

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