INTERNATIONAL ROVER
DESIGN CHALLENGE

WELCOME TO IRDC

INNOVATION BEYOND LIMITS

International Rover Design Challenge (IRDC) is an online space engineering design and research competition by Mars Society South Asia. It challenges university students to conceptualise and design Next-Gen Mars Rovers, which shall be fully equipped and mission ready for future astronaut-assistive exploration operations on Mars.

Teams are supposed to carefully plan each sub-system of the Rover considering various extra-terrestrial parameters in design. This online research-oriented competition is designed for students to explore their mind and spark the innovative design thinking of individuals, free from constraints on available physical resources. 

July 25 – August 15, 2021

Venue: Online

A virtual celebration of team and technology…

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IRDC RULEBOOK - 2021

Any changes in the dates or report submission format shall be communicated to the teams. 

Key IRDC Dates & Submissions

Jun

25

IRC & IRDC Rulebook Release

Fri, June 25, 2021 – 06:00 pm (IST)

Jun

25

Registration Starts

Sat, June 25, 2021 – 06:00 pm (IST)

JUL

10

Registration Ends

Wed, July 18, 2021 – 06:00 pm (IST)

Aug

15

SCR Submission

Sun, August 15, 2021 – 06:00 pm (IST)

Aug

28

IRDC Result (Tentative)

Sat, August 28, 2021 – 07:00 pm (IST)

FAQ

Any issues not covered by these published FAQs and the Rulebook will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by the IRDC officials. If there is a discrepancy, the Rulebook will take precedence over FAQs.

There is a cash reward of 51,000 INR for the winners.

Yes, there will be an application fee of 5,000 INR (80 USD), which will be paid online.

No. There is no mandatory autonomous traversal task in the competition. However, teams may opt for Autonomous operation in any task/sub-task which may benefit from it in terms of accuracy, navigation, auto-troubleshooting etc. Teams have been given freedom to take any approach which they deem to be most effective.

The Rover 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 second edition of International Rover Design Challenge (IRDC) will be open from June 25 to July 10, 2021.