Attend the Australian Rover Challenge

Venue Information

The Australian Rover Challenge 2024 will take place from Thursday 21 March - Sunday 24 March from 9am -5pm daily at the brand new purpose-built EXTERRES facility at the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus.

The drive from Adelaide CBD to Roseworthy Campus is approximately 45 - 60 minutes depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. Enter from Mudla Wirra Road, turning into Philip Drive. There is ample free parking in close proximity to the Challenge Arena as shown below. Grandstand seating will be available for spectators. 

Arial map of Roseworthy Campus


Event Schedule

Thursday 21 March

Post-Landing Task presented by the Australian Space Agency

Rovers will descend from the Lander and perform a systems check before exploring the local environment. Rovers will have to assess the Solar Array and Communications Tower before performing maintenance on the Processing Plant. Lastly, Rovers will have to connect a propellant hose from the Processing Plant to the Lander in anticipation of the ascent.

Time Team
9:00am - 9:40am QUT Robotics Club (QUTRC) (QLD)
9:45am - 10:25am UniMelb Rover Team (VIC)
10:30am - 11:10am Swinburne Rover Team (VIC)
11:15am - 11:55am UQ Space (QLD)
12:00pm - 12:40pm Monash Nova Rover
1:15pm - 1:55pm UOW Rover Team (NSW)
2:00pm - 2:40pm RMIT Rover Team (VIC)

2:45pm - 3:25pm

Project Scorpio (POLAND)
3:30pm - 4:10pm Adelaide Rover Team (SA)
4:15pm - 5:00pm Team Atlas (BANGLADESH)

Friday 22 March

Excavation and Construction Task presented by ELO2

Rovers must now scale-up operations and prepare the site for a future human landing by conducting some foundation services. To do this, Rovers are expected to complete four primary activities: remove hazards by clearing rocks; excavate, transport and deposit regolith to feed the processing plant that is beginning to manufacture sintered-regolith pavers and bricks; and construct a feature of the team’s choosing using dust-mitigating pavers brought from Earth.

Time Team
9:00am - 9:40am Swinburne Rover Team (VIC)
9:45am - 10:25am UniMelb Rover Team (VIC)
10:30am - 11:10am UQ Space (QLD)
11:15am - 11:55am Monash Nova Rover (VIC)
12:00pm - 12:40pm Project Scorpio (POLAND)
1:15pm - 1:55pm Adelaide Rover Team (SA)
2:00pm - 2:40pm QUT Robotics Club (QUTRC) (QLD)

2:45pm - 3:25pm

RMIT Rover Team (VIC)
3:30pm - 4:10pm Team Atlas (BANGLADESH)
4:15pm - 5:00pm UOW Rover Team (NSW)

Saturday 23 March

Space Resources Task presented by ispace

Rovers have to analyse a prepared sample of icy regolith, and then process the material to produce water. Rovers will also have to prospect a site and determine what concentration of ilmenite is present in that site. After the task, teams will host a presentation where they will be asked what their approach and methods were to the task.

Time Team
9:00am - 9:40am Project Scorpio (POLAND)
9:45am - 10:25am Team Atlas (BANGLADESH)
10:30am - 11:10am UniMelb Rover Team (VIC)
11:15am - 11:55am Adelaide Rover Team (SA)
12:00pm - 12:40pm Monash Nova Rover (VIC)
1:15pm - 1:55pm RMIT Rover Team (VIC)
2:00pm - 2:40pm Swinburne Rover Team (VIC)

2:45pm - 3:25pm

UQ Space (QLD)
3:30pm - 4:10pm QUT Robotics Club (QUTRC) (QLD)

Sunday 24 March

Mapping & Autonomous Task presented by Boeing

Rovers will explore a new area given a rudimentary map, perhaps derived from data collected by orbiters. This map will contain a series of landmarks that scientists are interested in imaging in more detail, and the rover will need to navigate to these without human intervention. Then, either autonomously or under operator control, a larger-scale map of the arena will need to be constructed, and the locations of previously-unknown landmarks will need to be determined. Teams will present their findings and approach to the judges after the conclusion of the task.

Time Team
8:45am - 9:25am UOW Rover Team (NSW)
9:30am - 10:10am Team Atlas (BANGLADESH)
10:15am - 10:55am RMIT Rover Team (VIC)
11:00am - 11:40am Adelaide Rover Team (SA)
11:45am - 12:25pm UniMelb Rover Team (VIC)
1:00pm - 1:40pm QUT Robotics Club (QUTRC) (QLD
1:45pm - 2:25pm UQ Space (QLD)

2:30pm - 3:10pm

Project Scorpio (POLAND)
3:15pm - 3:55pm Monash Nova Rover (VIC)
4:30pm - 5:00pm Award ceremony