Odisha Student Team built a rover for NASA Human Rover Exploration Challenge 2021
A team of 10 students from Cuttack's Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (NaPSAT) have built a rover that will be shown at NASA's Human Rover Exploration Challenge 2021
Although, Elon Musk may be "going to the moon" soon, metaphorically, however, students from an Indian school may be pushing NASA's rover on the moon, literally. Students from the Cuttack-based Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (NaPSAT) have built a rover that will be shown at NASA's Human Rover Exploration Challenge 2021. This month, the ten-person student team will present their rover at NASA's Human Rover Exploration Challenge 2021. The NaPSAT is a Navonmesh Prasar Foundation initiative that consists of school students who work on projects such as space systems, rovers, rockets, satellites, and astronomy to participate in various space events.
This is also the first time that an Indian student team has been chosen to compete in this competition.
Anil Pradhan, Founder of Navonmesh Prasar Foundation, announced on Twitter in November 2020: "History is made! My students have been chosen for the NASA Rover Challenge 2021. They are the first team in Odisha to do so, as well as the first team of school and ITI students in India.” They'll be well on their way to making history by April 2021.
“The rover was created for the Artemis Mission 2024 (moon mission), which would send the first woman and man to the Moon. “The rover is capable of traversing various types of martian terrains,” a NaPSAT member told ANI.
Odisha: Cuttack-based Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (NaPSAT), comprising of 10 school students, designs a rover to exhibit it at Nasa Human Rover Exploration Challenge 2021. pic.twitter.com/KmPZBMd2Du— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2021
“On November 6, last year, our team at Navonmesh Prasar Foundation received the selection letter. During the COVID pandemic, ten young students worked tirelessly day and night for eight months to perfect their rover, NaPSAT 1.0 (Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team). They are determined to bring a NASA award back to India,” the member said.
The group is working on developing a human-powered rover capable of moving on the surface of the Moon and Mars. The team will build the rover to support the weight of at least two humans, making it a human-powered rover.
The only catch, for the time being, is that the team will not be able to compete in person. The exhibition is taking place in Alabama, but due to Covid-19 limitations, India's team will not be able to attend. NASA's market encourages people to compete online from far-flung places.