MRover's primary goal is to win the University Rover Challenge (URC). Student teams from all over the world compete in the URC to design and build the best rover for assisting future astronauts. The URC is hosted by The Mars Society, the largest advocacy group for the exploration and settlement of Mars, and it takes place at the Mars Research Station in the Utah Desert. The competition consists of four events:
- Extreme Retrieval and Delivery - Traveling over tough terrain
- Equipment Servicing - Manipulating various pieces of equipment with the robotic arm
- Science Cache - Acquiring soil from a chosen site and evaluating it for signs of life
- Autonomous Navigation - Driving to GPS coordinates and searching for markers nearby.