Information for participating students and teams

John Culton, Director of the Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources, welcomes all students and teams who are participating in the Australian Rover Challenge being held in March 2022.

John Culton III

A/Prof John Culton
Director, Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources

Welcome! On behalf of the Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources, I am pleased to welcome you to the second “Australian Rover Challenge”.

While the ultimate focus of our Centre is to support long-term human presence beyond low-earth orbit, we know that our astronauts will necessarily be preceded, and then accompanied by, significant numbers and varied types of remotely operated or semi-autonomous robots.

Thus, initiatives to further develop an Australian competency in this sector align perfectly with our Centre’s mission.

We are endeavouring to deliver a highly rewarding and globally unique challenge series. Importantly, the skillsets developed in support of this Challenge are becoming increasingly relevant as efforts to develop infrastructure required to support long-duration human operations in deep space steadily gain support from programs such as NASA’s Artemis.

So, again, welcome to Adelaide and the Australian Rover Challenge. We are looking forward to seeing what you and your rovers can accomplish.

Monash Rover and team on the field

Dates for the 2022 ARC Challenge

  • Registration dates
    • July 2021: Team registration opens
    • 31 August 2021: Registration closes
  • 13 August 2021: Requirements of Preliminary Design Review outlined
  • 24 September 2021: Preliminary Design Review due
  • 17 December 2021: System Acceptance Review (SAR) guidelines released
  • Jan 2022: Distributed field test
  • 11 February 2022: SAR due
  • 11 Feb: Design presentation guidelines released
  • 25-27 March 2022: Australian Rover Challenge competition dates

Information session recordings

  • Webinar and Q&A session: 25 August 2021

    On Wednesday 25 August 2021, the Australian Rover Challenge Organising Committee hosted a webinar and Q&A session. For those that were unable to attend, please find a recording of the video here.

  • Webinar and Q&A session: 6 October 2021

    In this second ARC 2022 webinar, the ARC Organising Committee addressed changes and elaborations to the ruleset. Featuring the ARC judges David Harvey and Rini Akmeliawati, as well as ARC Organisers and Rules Developers, Daniel Ricardo and Henry Lourey.

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