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Lunar Rover Challenge: What, Who and How!

 

Coordinators of Shaastra at IIT Chennai, put together a fantastic arena within the open air theatre of the institute campus, displaying an amazing selection of topography and artefacts. In fact, Iron Man himself paid a visit to check out some of the lunar artefacts!
Engineering students from across India assembled to answer the Lunar Rover Challenge 2014. And they were a pretty smart bunch — most of them moved away from the conventional Zigbee-based telecommunication to a wi-fi based one. Some even hacked their way through radio controllers and FPV systems, while concentrating on the terrain traversal capabilities of their Rovers.

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TeamIndus @2013 – Aspire, Believe, Create

TeamIndus @2013 – Aspire, Believe, CreateThis is getting bigger and better as we get closer to take-off, albeit with some hiccups as we try to decipher the workings of million-dollar aerospace missions. By hiccups we mean this: By the end of 2013, our team had more than tripled in size, mainly because our unplanned work kind of went through the roof, and we scrambled to get a larger army in after an entourage of experts reviewed our design and mission strategies – not very positively, I fear.

But we jumped back and up – got our numbers in order, rejigged the engineering and eventually managed to get the improved version off the drawing board before the year shut shop!

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Counting down to LRC-2014 @Sponsored by Sasken

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Lunar Rover Challenge-2014

An event sponsored by Sasken Communications and co-hosted by Team Indus & Shaastra-2014 to look for the great hackers who can pull off a planetary rover within the limited time & resources. This event is a fantastic opportunity for Team Indus to crowd source talent & ideas from all over India.

Event format
Lunar Rover Challenge, LRC for short, is being conducted in two rounds. The first round was a design presentation round where teams from various colleges presented their designs to a panel of judges. Teams were shortlisted based on these presentations and the selected teams moved onto the Prototype demonstration round.

In this round scheduled for 4th January 2014, the teams are required to demonstrate their prototypes and race them against competing teams.

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Tech fixes, reviews, #Trained4Space @2013-Q3

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A quarter that had us rushing to plug the gaps in our design – Systems & Mission. And then we started identifying partners, suppliers – including a prototyping partner @BLR.

We conducted 3 technical reviews with independent panels this quarter, hoping the next one will be with the folks whose launch vehicle we plan to use for our mission.

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LRC Presentation round @IITM #Trained4Space

We spent the last weekend @IITM – we were privileged to have Dr Asokan, Dr Shiva Kumar, Dr Farooque Ali, Mr HK Biswas help us judge the team presentations – thank you gentlemen. A special shout out to the Shaastra organizing team for helping put this together seamlessly, appreciate your enthusiastic support 🙂

 

LRC team names1

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Lunar Rover challenge #Trained4Space

We figured since we had an opportunity for creative thinking with the Rover why not get help from smart engineering college kids, startups and then some.

Lunar Rover challenge #Trained4Space

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MTA, Trained4Space, Catch22s @TeamIndus

Having tried running startups all my life, and I use the word “tried” as none of them really went on to “reach the sky”.

Any startup would vouch for the classic Catch22 they face each day – without progress, you won’t get the money, to make any real progress you need the money.

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