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NASA: 5 Telangana students short-listed for Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Total four teams from India have been short-listed for the challenge, while students belonging to as many as 23 countries are competing in the challenge. All they need to do is create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated lunar surface.


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NASA: 5 Telangana students short-listed for Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA: 5 Telangana students short-listed for Human Exploration Rover Challenge

New Delhi :  

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will witness the participation of five students from an engineering college in Telangana. The students from the SR Engineering College, Warangal, will take part in the fifth annual challenge.

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be held on April 12-14, 2018, in Huntsville, Alabama, US. 

Total four teams from India have been short-listed for the challenge, while students belonging to as many as 23 countries are competing in the challenge. All they need to do is create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated lunar surface.

The team, led by faculty Manoj Chaudhary, will create a moon buggy design and will be required to submit their idea. The team includes P Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy Aand Venishetty Sneha, said a statement. 

SR Engineering College Secretary A.Madhukar Reddy congratulated the students and said it was a great opportunity to build, design and test technologies that allow rovers to perform in a variety of environments, ET reported.

First held in 1994, 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. 

The focus of the challenge is now on NASA's current plans to explore planets, moons, asteroids and comets. 

During the 20-year period, the Great Moonbuggy Race involved over 10,000 students. It also revealed that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work.

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First Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 01:36 PM


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