Indian engineering students awarded by NASA

The two-day event was organized 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.

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.

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 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.

Among the participating teams were the US high school, college and university students from 22 states and Puerto Rico; and international challengers from six countries, including returning teams from Canada, India and Germany and– for the first time — racers from Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia.

The following engineering colleges 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.

  • 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


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