Teams are required to submit a System Design and Development Review (SDDR) package before November 20, 2023. The SDDR package will focus on both technical and project management aspects of the rover development and has written report and video components.
Project Management Aspects: Teams shall include the organizational structure of the team, resources management, project planning, a PERT chart showing the project timeline, initial budget, fundraising plans, sponsorships, team’s recruitment process, educational and public outreach.
Technical Aspects: Teams shall include the current state of the rover development and prototypes, overall system design, science strategy, and team’s prototype testing strategy.
The video component will be a 3-minute video showcasing salient features of rover design and its readiness. The top 26 teams will advance to the on-site finals based on their normalized score from IRDC and SDDR. All the teams qualified for the IRC Finals will have to confirm their participation by December 1, 2023. If a qualified team is unable to participate in the Finals due to a particular reason, then its spot will be transferred to the highest-ranked reserve team.
IN THIS MISSION, THE ROVER WILL FUNCTION AS A MOBILE SCIENCE LABORATORY TO COLLECT SAMPLES FROM DESIGNATED SITES AND PERFORM BASIC SCIENCE EVALUATION OF THESE SAMPLES USING A SUITE OF CAREFULLY DESIGNED TESTS AND EXPERIMENTS. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO IDENTIFY AND CHARACTERIZE THE SITES FOR THEIR CAPABILITIES TO SUPPORT MICROBIAL LIFE AND SEEK SIGNS OF EXTINCT OR EXTANT LIFE IN THOSE SITES.
THE ROVER MAY USE CAMERAS OR OTHER PASSIVE INSTRUMENTS TO INVESTIGATE THE DESIGNATED AREA AND COLLECT SAMPLES USING MECHANICAL METHODS. THE ROVER MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE LIFE-DETECTION CAPABILITY INSTRUMENT OR ASSAY OF THE TEAM’S CHOICE. SAMPLES MUST BE INVESTIGATED BY THE ROVER ON-SITE, AND AT LEAST ONE SAMPLE MUST BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE BASE STATION UNCONTAMINATED. THERE WILL BE NO LABORATORY ANALYSIS AT THE BASE STATION. ALL INSTRUMENTS/TESTS MUST BE ON-BOARD THE ROVER.
AFTER COMPLETING ROVING TIME, TEAMS WILL HAVE TO SUBMIT THEIR CONCLUSIONS (ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS) TO THE JUDGES, BASED ON THE ON-BOARD ANALYSIS. RESULTS OF ON-BOARD ROVER TESTS PERFORMED, INCLUDING DATA AND IMAGES. THIS SUBMISSION SHOULD BE IN A REPORT FORMAT.
ONE MONTH BEFORE THE IRC FINALS, QUALIFIED TEAMS WILL HAVE TO PRESENT THEIR SCIENCE PLAN TO THE JUDGES IN ONLINE MODE. THE PRESENTATION DATE AND FORMAT WILL BE INFORMED TO THE TEAMS IN NOVEMBER.
IN THIS MISSION, ROVERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT RECONNAISSANCE OPERATION OVER TERRAIN NOT MORE THAN 500M AWAY FROM THE BASE STATION. THE ROVER WILL SEARCH, LOCATE, PICK UP, AND DELIVER OBJECTS TO SPECIFIC LOCATIONS (GPSS COORDINATES) AND/OR PICK UP AND STORE OBJECTS UNTIL THE MISSION’S END TO DELIVER THEM TO THE BASE STATION.
IN THIS STAGE, THE ROVER WILL HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 10 MINUTES TO RECONNAISSANCE THROUGH AN AREA TO SEARCH AND LOCATE VARIOUS OBJECTS AROUND THE COMPETITION SITE.
IN THIS STAGE, THE ROVER WILL HAVE 20 MINUTES TO PICK UP AND DELIVER THE OBJECTS TO DESIGNATED LOCATIONS.
THIS MISSION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO STAGES, INSTRUMENT DEPLOYMENT AND INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE. THE ROVER IS EXPECTED TO TRAVERSE A SHORT DISTANCE TO OPERATE ON A MOCK-UP INSTRUMENT PANEL TO PERFORM A SET OF PRECISE MAINTENANCE AND DEPLOYMENT OPERATIONS. THE ROVER WILL HAVE TO USE ROBOTIC MANIPULATORS TO CARRY OUT THIS MISSION.
PICKING UP A CACHE AND TRAVERSING TO THE PANEL. THE CACHE WILL HAVE A HANDLE OF AT LEAST 10 CM IN LENGTH AND NOT MORE THAN 5 CM IN DIAMETER. THE CACHE WILL WEIGH LESS THAN 5 KG.
THE DEPLOYMENT LEG OF THIS MISSION WILL REQUIRE TEAMS TO RETRIEVE AND CARRY SAMPLE CACHE COMPONENTS FOR DEPLOYMENT IN PARTICULAR DESIGNATED LOCATIONS NEAR THE COLLECTION PANEL.