Mercury Challenge

Next Competition Date: April 25, 2020

2020 Competition Handbook

The Mercury Remote Robot Challenge is an international, interscholastic robotics competition. Each year, Mercury Robotics challenges competitors to design and build a robot capable of performing a mission. The robot must be operated remotely over the Internet from at least 50 miles away. This presents an interesting engineering challenge in which electrical and mechanical design, embedded programming, wireless communication, and latency all play a large role.


The 2020 Competition Handbook includes a few major changes from previous years. Some of them are as follows: 

  • 50 mile limitation - The restriction of the operators being at least fifty miles from the competition venue has been removed

  • Autonomy - There is an element of autonomy in this year's competition. There will be an obstacle avoidance section with three configurations that vary in required autonomy. Teams which attempt configurations requiring more autonomy will be eligible for more points.

  • Bypasses - This year's track will include multiple routes bypassing sections. When compared to previous years, this removes some of the linearity of the track but greatly increases teams' freedom to spend time where deemed most effective.

  • Time Bonus - There is a maximum 30 percent time bonus. This bonus decreases proportionally as the run time nears the total time allotted. Teams that bypass more than two sections will be ineligible for the time bonus.

More information will be added to this page as we create more detailed diagrams of the track.