NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Each year the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The annual event is a more complex follow-up to the successful NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race.

The competition challenges high school and college students to create a vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world. Challenge continues that tradition by providing an authentic engineering experience.

This student design challenge looks to the next generation of scientists and engineers to aid in the design process by providing innovative designs and unique perspectives. The student teams design, build and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The Rover Challenge inspires participants to become the engineers to design NASA’s next-generation space systems. It will encourage research and development of new technology for future mission planning and crewed space missions to other worlds.

Provided By:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Varies
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Study Level: High school and college level
  • Requirement: NA
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: January 17, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST (U.S. Students Only) and December 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. CST (International Students Only)

Who May Enter:

  • All U.S. high school and college students
  • International students also may apply

Application Procedure:

To participate, participants can use the online registration and upload function to submit their projects during the submission period online system:

Registration Fee (International Teams Only): International teams may register only four teams per country.

  • A registration fee is required for all international teams in an effort to reconcile increasing Rover International teams will be charged a registration fee of $225.00 (U.S. dollars) per team which includes a nonrefundable $150.00 handling fee per team.
  • Upon check-in, at the challenge $75 of the fee will be reimbursed with proper paperwork submission.
  • Teams that cancel their registration by the registration deadline of March 8, 2019, will be reimbursed.
  • The registration fee Will Not be reimbursed to teams that do not cancel their registration by March 8, 2019.
  • Payment instructions will be provided in the registration confirmation notice.
  • Your registration is not confirmed until the $225 registration/handling fee is paid.

Award Description:

During its 20-year run, the Great Moonbuggy Race engaged more than 10,000 students and demonstrated that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work.

The Jesco von Puttkamer International Team Award will be awarded to the international (non-U.S.) high school or college/university teams with the highest score competing in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

  • Rules: 1.
  • At check-in, a written report will be submitted that includes a description of the transportation method used, copies of bills or tickets received for a method of transportation and a photograph of the transportation box(es), container and/or vehicle.
  • The report can be no longer than two typed, double-spaced pages. It must include the name of the school and the name and phone number of the primary point of contact.

Official Website

If you have a question, contact to Jesco von Puttkamer Society,

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