NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

With the very first Human Exploration Rover Challenge in 1994 by NASA, the Great Moonbuggy race has come a long way in its journey which started 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon. Indian has again proved its brilliance hidden in the young minds as five Indian engineering students have been short-listed to compete in the fifth annual NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

Hailing from the newly formed state of Telangana, these short-listed students belong to the SR Engineering College based in the city of Warangal. The fifth annual challenge is set to be held on April 12-14 next year in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. and these brilliants minds from India shall be participating in this challenge. The prime aim of this challenge is to create a buggy designed to traverse the simulated surface of the moon. Students from 23 different countries will be participating in this challenge while trying to achieve the best possible design.

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge was previously known as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race with its very first event organized in the year 1994 which is almost 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon. The NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge will now focus on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s current plans which include exploration of planets, moons, asteroid, and comets.

This team is one of the four teams short-listed from the country for the challenge. The team includes P.Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P. Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy A and Venishetty Sneha. The team will be led by Manoj Chaudhary, faculty member of SR Engineering College.

Congratulating the students on bagging this wonderful opportunity, A. Madhurkar Reddy, SR Engineering College Secretary expressed his happiness stating that it was a great opportunity for the students to design, build and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a wide array of environments.

During its 20-year run, the Great Moonbuggy Race has engaged more than 10,000 students, demonstrating that these young minds are capable of many complex calculations and scientific achievements.

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