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College team from Poland wins the Indian Rover Challenge

Students from University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland, secured the first prize and also received a cash award of Rs. 50,000 during the valedictory function of the International Rover Challenge held at VIT Chennai on January 20, 2020

Students from University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland, secured the first prize and also received a cash award of Rs. 50,000 during the valedictory function of the International Rover Challenge held at VIT Chennai on January 20, 2020   | Photo Credit: M. Karunakaran

Sixteen teams from different countries took part in the event which was designed to build the next generation Mars Rover

The 20-member team of AGH Space Systems breezed past the competition in the Indian Rover Challenge (IRC) 2020 on Monday.

The IRC is an event designed to build the next generation Mars Rover hosted by VIT Chennai. A total of 16 teams from different countries participated in the four-day event held from January 17 to 20.

The team from AGH University of Science and Technology in Poland with its four-wheeled aluminium-body rover outsmarted the other runners in the race in various challenges, including arm control mechanism, collection of soil samples, and autonomous traversing in rugged terrain. The team had already secured the second place in the European Rover Challenge, and IRC, last year.

Maciek Kotecki, a member of the AGH Space Systems, said the rover took more than three years to be built costing more than ₹10 lakhs. He said the team comprising students of automatics and robotics had a challenging task in producing the rover, weighing less than 50 kg. They had a rigorous testing process for performing different jobs to make it a model that could survive any rugged terrain.

VIT Students Chennai received the emerging team award during the valedictory function of the International Rover Challenge held at VIT Chennai on January 20, 2020

VIT Students Chennai received the emerging team award during the valedictory function of the International Rover Challenge held at VIT Chennai on January 20, 2020   | Photo Credit: M. Karunakaran

 

The second prize was secured by a rover team from the University of Warsaw and the third prize went to Team Rudra of the SRM University. The Technocrats team of VIT Chennai was adjudged the best emerging rover model.

R. Senthil Kumar, Senior General Manager Production Division, Hyundai, gave away the prizes. V.S. Kanchana Bhaaskaran, Pro Vice-Chancellor, VIT Chennai, also participated.

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