Mars Rover

USU Mars Rover Team Mission Statement

As members of Utah State University’s Mars Rover Team, we strive for excellence in all that we do. We uphold the principles of creativity, discipline, and integrity. We are dedicated to achieving optimal performance, learning from our predecessors, and preparing the way for our successors. As an interdisciplinary team, we work together to design and create innovative technologies that encourage humanity to look upwards and to realize that the sky is not the limit. Through perseverance, ingenuity, and collaboration, we can achieve the impossible.


Utah State University’s Mars Rover Team was founded in 2018 to compete in the 2019 University Rover Competition held near Hanksville, UT. Our team involves students in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science. We are determined to design a highly competitive rover for the upcoming competition.


The competition consists of five missions, as explained below. Each portion of the competition is worth 100 points, for a total of 500 points. The missions are as follows:

  1. System Acceptance Review (SAR) package
    • The SAR package consists of a written portion and a video focused on the system design, science plan, and progress of the final system.
  2. Science Mission
    • The rover examines a site for the presence of current or past life
  3. Delivery Mission
    • The rover retrieves and delivers various objects to ‘astronauts’ in the field across rugged terrain
  4. Equipment Servicing Mission
    • The rover performs various dexterous operations on a mock lander with a robotic arm.
  5. Autonomous Traversal Mission
    • The rover autonomously travels to a site and locates a marker at that site.

For full rules and official competition rules, visit Mars Society's website and navigate to the “Requirements and Guidelines” tab.



Colonization ($2,000+)

Company logo on team website, T-shirt, System Acceptance Review (SAR) video, and vinyl banner. Company logo on team video posted online following the competition.

Exploration ($1,000-$1,999)

Company logo on T-shirt and website. Small logo on vinyl banner

Observation ($300-$999)

Company name listed on website (no logo)