The Indian Rover Challenge (IRC) features an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of space exploration. Indian Rover Challenge is the only robotics and space exploration competition of its kind in Asia-Pacific which aims to ignite and encourage the spirit of innovation amongst budding engineers as they set on a quest to build a space exploration rover, using their skills and ideas. The competition challenges high school and college students to design and build next-generation Mars rover and compete in Mars-simulated conditions.

Indian Rover Challenge 2019 is organized by the students of the rover design team ‘Mars Rover Manipal’ of Manipal Institute of Technology. It is the only student-driven rover design competition.
The sprawling town of Manipal will host the second edition of Indian Rover Challenge from 9-12 January 2019. The competition will take place inside the campus of Manipal Institute of Technology which is a constituent institute of Manipal Academy of Higher Education.





What's New

Logistics Document

14/11/18 : For assistance on how to get to Manipal and similar queries : Download

Deadline Extended

1/10/18 : Deadline for Registration and Payment Extended till 7 October 2018, visit : Registration

System Review Guidelines

28/9/18 : Guidelines for System Review Package released, visit : SR

Payment Open

20/9/18 : Payment Link for IRC 2019 will be open from 20-30 September 2019, visit : Registration

Title Sponsor

We would like to thank our Title Sponsor, MRPL for supporting Indian Rover Challenge 2019.

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) is a schedule ‘A’ Miniratna, Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. MRPL is located in a beautiful hilly terrain, north of Mangaluru city, in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka State (India). The 15 Million Metric Tonne Refinery has got a versatile design with complex secondary processing units and a high flexibility to process Crudes of various API, delivering a variety of quality products.

Other Sponsors

Indian Rover Challenge is a part of the Rover Challenge Series (RCS) of The Mars Society, USA. The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential volunteer-driven space-advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to promoting human exploration on the planet Mars. The 2019 edition of the competition will take place at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, Karnataka, India from 9-12 January 2019.

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