The World Rover League (WRL) is the first-of-its-kind global space robotics league for university students organized by SPROS and UKET in which teams conceptualise, design, develop, and operate an astronaut-assistive next-generation planetary rover in simulated conditions. The WRL season runs from March to January, with teams competing in three competitions: International Rover Design Challenge, Anatolian Rover Challenge, and International Rover Challenge. The rover team which scores maximum ranking points during the current season of 2023-2024 will be crowned as the champion at the International Rover Challenge (IRC) 2024.

March 2023 – January 2024

Venue: Online + Onsite

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To participate in WRL teams will have to register and qualify for each rover challenge separately. For the inaugural season (2023-2024), the entry to the league will be open to all the teams which register for it. The International Rover Design Challenge (IRDC) scores will carry weightage of 10% in the final qualification of International Rover Challenge (IRC) and Anatolian Rover Challenge (ARC)

IRDC (March 23)

International Rover Design Challenge: The online IRDC will be the season-starting challenge of the league, in which teams conceptualise a futuristic Mars Rover. The route to IRC and ARC Finals go through IRDC as 10% weightage will be given to the IRDC points in the final selection teams for IRC and ARC.

IRC Finals (January 24)

International Rover Challenge: The IRC in India will be the season-concluding challenge of the league. The rulebook for IRC will be released in May. The WRL Champion will be crowned during the Valedictory function of IRC.

ARC Finals (July 23)

Anatolian Rover Challenge: The second challenge of the league will be ARC in Turkey, in which teams will be challenged to explore Martian and Lunar surface using a Rover. ARC is organised by UKET and its first edition took place in 2022.

WRL Rankings

WRL rankings will be updated after each challenge. The total ranking points for each of the physical challenge (IRC & ARC) and online IRDC will be 1000 and 500 respectively. Top 3 teams which achieve highest ranking points during a season will be declared the winners.

WRL HANDBOOK - 2023 (Coming Soon)

Any changes in the dates or mode of the competition due to any circumstances shall be communicated to the teams. 

Key WRL Dates & Submissions



IRDC Rulebook Release

March 5, 2023 – 04:30 pm (IST)



IRDC Registration Starts

March 6, 2023 – 06:00 pm (IST)



IRDC Registration Ends

March 18, 2023 – 06:00 pm (IST)



IRDC System Concept Review Submission

May 6, 2023 – 11:59 pm (IST)



IRDC Finals Begin

May 12, 2023 – 06:00 pm (IST)



IRDC Result (Tentative)

May 18, 2023 – 06:00 pm (IST)



IRC Finals Inauguration

January 25, 2024 — 4:30 pm IST



IRC Finals Inauguration

January 25, 2024 — 4:30 pm IST



IRC Valedictory Function & World Rover League Champion Crowning Ceremony

January 29, 2024 – 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.