The morning of 7th April, 2016 was a wonderful day for India. A team led by Guwahati scientist, Manas Pratim Borah and lead designers Deepika Ram Davuluri and Shekhar D. Pathak made the country proud as they took upon the huge responsibility of representing ‘India International’ in collaboration with the International Space Education Institute, Leipzig, Germany.
Manas and his team, ‘Team India International’ had the responsibility of producing a human Exploration Rover that should be manpowered and will be run on the surface of the Moon or Mars.
The team along with their international peers had four rovers for the competition. Each rover was allowed to build a pair of runs on the course. Having responsibility of wheel design, rover design and conjointly managing the pit crew, the team had to optimally utilize all their resources.
‘The biggest challenge for us was the inclusion of the Non-Pneumatic Wheel style that is a wheel without traditional rubber tyre or air stuffed tyres. We brainstormed andcreated the spokes of glass fibre’, said Manas. “We had the most unconventional design, but it worked extremely well.
Our Rovers had the state of the art gear systems that could propel the rover through any obstacle with the smallest amount of human power applied on it”, said Manas as he described this exceptional design.
The team was sponsored by Tec Mantra Labs, Delhi under the chairmanship of Navdeep Singh, the team said that this was a extremely fruitful experience who additionally donated 3000 Euros. The team worked with the likes of Mr. Ralf Heckle, Director of the NASA outreach Program, Europe and Manas, Deepika and Shekhar had the opportunity of meeting with students of various nationalities of Germany, Russia, Italy, Bolivia, America and Japan.
The 2 day race was full of suspense and was an exhilarating experience. In the final awards ceremony, Team India International won the “BEST INTERNATIONAL TEAM AWARD – JESCO VON PUTTKAMER“.
The students are now given the chance to work with NASA for the MARS 2030 Mission that is a mission to send man to MARS for the aim of exploration of the planet. This will need a human powered rover and therefore the team is currently working on this rover.
They will travel to Germany within the summer of 2016 for three months to develop this next generation rover.
Wish them the best of success for this!
Pic: Manas Pratim Borah
Article Source: G Plus News