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KU Rover Club - Science Payload

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Project ended on December 14, at 07:10 AM CST
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KU Rover Club - Science Payload

KU Rover Club is an interdisciplinary organization focused on building the first intelligent rover from Kansas to participate in the Mars Society International University Rover Challenge and other similar competitions. The club provides a framework for engineering students to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in class on practical applications and develop a meaningful depth that would come to their aid in a professional atmosphere. The interdisciplinary aspect of KU Rover Club helps students develop an appreciation for the complexity and collaboration within different majors, that come together in a real-world engineering project.

The University Rover Challenge (URC) is the world's premier intelligent vehicle competition for college students, and our drives club's main competitive goals. Held annually during the summer in the desert of southern Utah in the United States, URC challenges student teams to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts exploring the Red Planet.

Our LaunchKU campaign is focused on raising funds for our science payload, which will extract and test soil samples for life. The majority of this payload is comprised of a Raman spectrometer kit, which utilizes light technology to determine vibrational modes of organic molecules.

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Every contribution counts- our eyes have always been on the stars and without you we wouldn’t be here! Please follow us on social media!!


Beginner Programmer

Adopt a line of code used for our sensors. Have your name featured on our website as the parent of one of our lines of code, along with being included in a social media post.


Big Fan

Receive a downloadable package of digital backgrounds/graphics that can be used for mobile/desktop devices - along with all the perks from the lower tier.


Honorary Member

Member Receive a handwritten note on a postcard from the location of our competition in Utah next year along with all the perks from two lower tiers.


Robotics Aficionado

Have the opportunity to tour our workspace through a video call and receive a package of member resumes - along with all the perks from lower tiers.


Club Executive Chair

Get your name listed among our sponsors on the sponsorship page of our website when it goes live, along with independent posts on our social media accounts.


VIP Rover Namesake

Get to suggest and vote on the name of our rover, get your name displayed on the rover, the website, and have the chance for a photo op in/near our rover - along with all the perks from lower tiers.