Competition requirements, timeline, and general information
The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge Handbook contains information that teams will need to know to participate in the challenge. The handbook includes the following: General Information, Timeline, Competition Guidelines and Regulations, Requirements, Deliverables, Points Breakdown and Allocation, and Course Descriptions and Design. The Handbook may receive periodic updates; please be sure to check back to make sure you are working from the most recent copy.
Please direct questions and inquiries regarding registration, event operations, or logistics to HERC@mail.nasa.gov.
The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) is hosted by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Aviation Challenge in Huntsville, Alabama. High school and college/university teams from the United States and across the globe compete in this Artemis Student Challenge. Pilots from Ohio Northern University navigate across Obstacle 2 during the 2023 HERC event.
Authentic, hands-on learning experiences give students in middle school all the way through graduate school a chance to flex their design and engineering skills as they build and launch high-powered rockets, design robots capable of mining the Moon’s surface or traversing difficult lunar terrain, create human-powered rovers, and test technologies and tools to assist future astronauts working on the Moon.