Culture @TeamIndus

Culture at Team Indus

There are very few start-ups in the world which start with a Moon Mission.  And there is Team Indus.  Like every mission we have seen on innumerable episodes of Star Trek, this team relies on its experts, team members, advisory board, leadership and ingenuity to deliver the result.  We are an eclectic mix of youth and experience, drawn together on an exciting mission.  Our team of passionate youngsters – some straight out of campus, are ably supported by veteran scientists. We are a young, passionate, highly motivated, self driven growing team, which will stop nothing short of the Moon! To continue this spirit, my mission within this team is to build systems and processes to sustain what we stand for – Aspire.Believe.Create.

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Winds of Change!

Winds of ChangeWinds of change and frentic activity in India over the past few weeks, change is in the air and change is always welcome. Updates from the last several weeks here:

1. Mission Feasibility analysis of our case is nearing completion at Antrix
2. All data, info submitted was co-ordinated with the capabilities of the launch vehicle, so, PSLV-XL to 55,000km initial oribit it is going to be!

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Recruiting great talent #ArmchairRocketeers

Recruiting great talent #ArmchairRocketeers@TeamIndus we started Armchair Rocketeers League to identify, recognize and reward talent – and at some point have this talent help Team Indus solve some of its own “mathemtical problem statements”. As an idea-sourcing initiative, this is to a great extent a fresh way of reaching out to great, hidden talent, especially in India.

In the absence of a large media campaign we have let those who look out for such initiatives come to our Facebook page and learn more about this, while secretly wishing this go viral. We came up with ARL credits that are awarded for the collaborating and feeds directly into the leaderboard at the end of every month – true League style eh!

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Armchair Rocketeers League #TeamIndus

Armchair Rocketeers League #TeamIndus“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”
~ LupitaNyong’o, best supporting actress, Oscars 2014, for 12 Years a Slave

Steven Spielberg created a Space Renaissance, some say. Like the original Renaissance movement, it replicated the domino effect – ideas and innovations crashed into each other, added to each other and created a spectacular, final force that ended in stunning, path-breaking creation.

But that was fiction. This, people, is the REAL THING. Make no mistake. This is about guts and glory, in real time and in the real world.

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Finalist for the Landing System Milestone Prize & the Imaging Subsystem Milestone Prize!

Google Lunar XPRIZE announces Team Indus as Milestone Prize finalist

— Only Indian team in unprecedented USD30 million aerospace prize –

 Milestone Finalist

New Delhi: In what can be seen as a resounding endorsement of India’s rich promise in aerospace engineering and research, Team Indus, an aerospace start-up based out of Bangalore, has been named as one of the shortlisted teams for Milestone Prizes by Google Lunar XPRIZE, which today announced the five international teams selected as finalists for Milestone Prizes, with a total prize purse of US$ 6 million to be awarded this year.


The Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully land a robotic vehicle on the moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth.

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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


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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