The Mars Society UK



Congratulations to UKURC Teams

The dust (the sand!) has settled on the first ever UK rover challenge, with teams from 4 continents travelling to Manchester to take part.

In what was an incredible weekend, an incredibly positive atmosphere saw competing teams, the UKURC staff and volunteers working together to produce an incredible event, seen by many people in Manchester. With scorching sunshine on Saturday, and patches of rain on Sunday (of course, it’s Manchester) the teams worked hard, and the eventual outcome was a winner – the team from Egypt.

The top 3 were:

Egypt winners
1st place – The Elite, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt
Gdansk 2nd
2nd place – Nex Robotics from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Warsaw 3rd
3rd place – The University of Warsaw Rover Team, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland

All teams did incredible things, and deserve a mention. The first UK team to enter a rover challenge, the team from the University of Western England, the Canadian team from Carleton University who produced a beautiful rover, and infected everyone with their positive team spirit, and a young man who impressed everyone from Amrita University in India, Aditya Pattiyeri. Aditya was the only member of his team able to travel due to problems getting visas. He worked extremely hard, and with a great rover, he did amazing things. Impressing everyone with his attitude and results, a prize was created to reflect this, the ‘Mark Watney’ prize – because he was ALL ALONE…it is hoped that this prize may be kept to reflect a special individual contribution during the competition in future years.

The future for UKURC looks bright, with praise and enthusiasm from all quarters, and already with offers from other cities and institutions to host the competition in the future. The team who produced UKURC would like to thank everyone involved, and consider 2016 a ‘proof of concept’ for this competition which we hope will go from strength to strength.

We’d also like to thank:

ESOF, Starchaser Industries, Marsonauts and Lucinda Offer, Kevin Sloan and URC, Cemex – Margot and James, Space Genesis, Manchester City Council, Airbus Defence and Space, SpaceUp Manchester, helpers from Imperial College London, Roz Hughes PR, That’s Manchester TV, BBC Radio Manchester, and all the helpers and teams, and for everyone who came to watch. THANK YOU! See you next time…

Cemex to supply Mars sand


Our thanks to British company Cemex for supplying the UKURC rover competition with the sand required in order to make our Mars Yard.

It’s going to not just be a UK first, but it may well be a world first where a rover competition has been held in the centre of a big city – in our case, Manchester, and during a major science festival too.

Cemex are providing several tonnes of sand for us to create the areas required for our Mars yard – we don’t want to give away too much here, you’ll have to come along and see the site for yourself July 23-24, Cathedral Gardens Manchester, M4 3BG.

See our eventbrite here 

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