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2012 @TeamIndus

2012 HIGHLIGHTS @TeamIndus



  1. Our team doubled in size. Our planned work quadrupled. Therefore still running behind schedule – Pratik, it’s a moon mission, get your team to stick to timelines!
  2. We got to the Moon, inside of a simulation, we now have a set of trajectories that take us on to the lunar surface in under 70 hours. We think that’s pretty cool, Nirmal joins an exclusive club of 248,673 Indians who can pull this off on STK.
  3. Our Facebook fan following grew meteorically, and we absolutely love to brag about that, great work Anurag, IC & Sameer.
  4. We put together half a dozen events – Chiranjiv well done – some attended by schoolkids, industry leaders, Nobel laureates, potential investors and more. We will need to make some of them stick – better luck in the coming year Dilip, Julius & Rahul.
  5. We built a rover as a testbed and tested obstacle tackling and basic locomotion with it – Vinayak & Vasu don’t quite agree with the locomotion design. Malar, Nitish & Akash good work with the control interface.
  6. We also began building our lander and asked Udit to stand on top of it, first stress test cleared
  7. We built all that, but we broke a solar panel. And a chair. The solar panel getting destroyed didn’t hurt so much. The chair did, cause Jasjot was sitting on it.
  8. We got most of the Lander sub-systems figured out, Guru & Pratyush however think we won’t be done till we enable HAM operators to speak to our Lander, seriously!
  9. We have some very pretty structural simulations of the Lander. Yes, pretty – if you haven’t seen structural simulation output before you should, they look gorgeous – Prashant, Peeyush, Anubhav you are only 5 weeks behind schedule
  10. We met fellow GLXP team EuroLuna on their India visit. As usual we discussed terra-forming & warp drives 🙂
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Rover Development Update #01

Technology update

This blog is late by a few weeks, we will look to make up for lost time over the next couple of weeks.

I am happy to report Rover design considerations are at an advanced stage now, and I can state the following more confidently:

  1. We will have 2 rovers at the minimum headed out to the Moon
  2. We will develop 2 rovers in-house, however we may invite the third rover to be developed by independent contributors – possibly as part of an open contest
  3. The target to get the first prototype of the Rover out is still kept at end of June 2011
  4. The initial testing of the Rover will be done “in house”
  5. Key Rover design considerations, we will be blogging separately on each one of the following items:
    • Structural composites
    • Mobility control systems
    • “Warm” Electronic Box
    • Solar & Radiation shielding
    • Lunar dust & Micro meteroite management
    • Communication, Instrumentation & Controls
    • Power & Power management

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