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DISCOVER THE INNOVATOR IN YOU
International Rover Challenge (formerly Indian Rover Challenge) started in the year 2017 and the first edition took place in the January of the following year. Over the years, IRC has established as one of the leading space robotics competitions. In IRC 2023 there will be an increased emphasis on creating awareness about the best practices and methods of systems engineering. The main focus is to highlight the benefits of an approach covering the whole project life cycle of developing a Mars Rover. In order to achieve that, changes have been made to the IRC Review Stages (Qualifiers) and the on-site Finals.
January 28-31 2023
Venue: Presidency University, Bengaluru, India
Months of Work
IRC Finals take place on a specially designed Mars site where teams are asked to compete in 4 different missions and a Project Implementation Review, over a period of 4 days.
IRC RULEBOOK - 2023
Any changes in the dates or mode of the competition due to any circumstances shall be communicated to the teams.
Key IRC Dates & Submissions
IRC & IRDC Rulebook Release
August 28, 2022 – 07:30 pm (IST)
August 30, 2022 – 06:00 pm (IST)
September 30, 2022 – 06:00 pm (IST)
20 November, 2022 – 11:59 pm (IST)
SDDR Result (Tentative)
November 30, 2022 – 06:00 pm (IST)
IRC Finals Inauguration
January 27, 2023 — 4:30 pm IST
January 28, 2023 – 07:00 am (IST)
Instrument Deployment & Maintenance Operation
January 29, 2023 – 07:00 am (IST)
January 30, 2022 – 07:00 am (IST)
Reconnaissance & Delivery Operation
January 31, 2023 – 07:00 am (IST)
IRC Valedictory Function
January 31, 2023 – 06:00 pm (IST)
Any issues not covered by these published FAQs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the IRC officials. If there is a discrepancy, the Rulebook will take precedence over FAQs.
Yes, there will be an initial application fee and participation fee.
Application Fee - 160 USD. It will be paid by the teams after completing the registration form.
Participation Fee - 160USD. It will be paid by the teams which qualify for the IRC Finals to be held during January, 2022 at Presidency University, Chennai, India. Application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable. However, if the competition doesn't take place in the on-site mode then Participation fee will be adjusted to the next edition of the competition. The teams which participated in the SDDR round of IRC 2022 will have to pay 100 USD as the application fee.
No. There is no limit to the number of teams that can register for IRC 2023. But only top 20 ranked teams in System Design and Development Review (SDDR) and 5 wildcard entry teams will be invited to compete in the on-site event.
The maximum allowable length and width of the rover are 1.5m and 1.2m, respectively.
There is no vertical height limit for IRC 2022. If the rover is oversized during a mission, the
team will be charged a penalty of 20% of the points scored during that mission.
Yes. Teams are allowed to take interventions during the missions but there will be a penalty for each interventions.
The teams shall make One Rover. The Rover however may have swappable modules for carrying out different tasks. The modules shall be swapped by astronauts at the base station.
Ready To Start Your Exploration?
The registration window for fifth edition of International Rover Challenge (IRC) will be opened in August 2022.