The OSU Robotics Club Rover Team was formed in 2008, when they took first place when they competed in the 2008 University Rover Challenge. The University Rover Challenge is a competition organized by the Mars Society and held annualy at their base in Hanksville, UT.

Teams build remote-controlled rovers which are required to complete several different tasks, including a construction task which involves manipulating objects on a control panel, and a science task where teams find and document the existance of extremophiles.

For more information, see the Mars Rover page.

The OSU Robotics Club Aerial Team was formed in 2008 with the goal of competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). The IARC is an annual collegiate autonomous aerial robotics competition. The competition attempts to further the state of the art in aerial robotics by posing challenges that are not yet possible using current technology.

For the 2013 competition, teams were challenged to build a robot capable of entering and navigating crowded hallways, avoiding security systems, and locating and retrieving a flash drive. The task had to be performed entirely autonomously. Simultaneous competition events were held in the United States and China.

Visit the Aerial page for more information.

“Trogontherium” is an underwater remotely operated vehicle designed to explore and experiment in an underwater environment. Currently it is being designed with the goal of competing in the annual ROV competition held by MATE(the Marine Advanced Techonology Education center). This competition challenges students to “design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.” For example, the theme of this year’s competition is exploring a shipwreck. Last year’s was centered around conducting maintenance on underwater observatories. These scenarios typically take place at swimming pool depth, but our eventual goal for Trogontherium is to create a full-featured research class ROV capable of operating at depths of 100 meters or more, and to partner with other universities and institutions to conduct research in underwater environments in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about this competition, check out the MATE website at

We are adding new members projects all the time as they get funded. As they are approved we list them here, along with a brief description and a link to the proposals.