Teams from engineering college in India awarded by NASA

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Six teams from different engineering colleges of India were awarded in a competition organised by international space agency NASA, for designing a lunar vehicle for future expeditions to the moon.

The competition – Great Moonbuggy Race competition challenges the students to tackle several engineering problems dealt with by Apollo-era lunar rover developers at the Marshall Center in the late 1960s.

Students from high school and college are supposed to design, build and race lightweight, human-powered rovers called “moonbuggies”.

This year 84 teams, six from India, of enterprising future engineers demonstrated the same ingenuity and can-do spirit at the event.

The participating students were required to design a vehicle that would address a series of engineering problems that are similar to those faced by the original Moonbuggy team.

Each Moonbuggy was supposed to be human powered and carried two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including “craters”, rocks, “lava” ridges, inclines and “lunar” soil.

The engineering colleges Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Punjab Engineering College University of Technology (two teams), Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Jaipur National University bagged the coveted award for best performance by an international team in the event held on April 1-2 in Huntsille, Ala, the NASA website said.

The two-day event was organised by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

The award is shared by the six Indian teams and a Russian team from Moscow Aviation University, Russia.

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