Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Students will represent India at the 2015 University Rover Challenge, Mars Desert Research Station, Hanksville, Utah, United States from May 26-30, 2015.
The students on the team are from Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri Campus. They are: Aswath Sare (Team Lead), Arjun B Krishnan, Hariprasad CM, Unnikrishnan VJ, Deepu Prasad Mathew, Maya M., Chinmaya Krishna Tilak, Ragesh Ramachandran, Abin Simon, Sreekuttan T, Kalathil Praveen Basil Kailash Dutt, Abhay Sengar, Sree Krishnan, Arun Murali and Amal Suresh Arjun Biju. The Amrita engineering team cleared the Critical Design Review of United States University Mars Rover Challenge 2015 and their team was short listed among the final 22 teams, of which 5 teams were from India. The challenge was to design and build the next generation of Mars Rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers. The winners will receive cash prizes, a trip to present at the annual International Mars Society Convention, and a year’s worth of bragging rights!
“Finally, after a lot of hard work by the entire team, we cleared the Critical Design Review of United States University Mars Rover Challenge 2015. We were short listed among the final 22 teams from the entire world and we will be flying to the Mars Desert Research Center, Hanksville, Utah, USA. It’s really our honor to represent India for the Mars Rover Challenge. Total funding we received so far is Rs 6.2 lakh mainly by Amrita University, Protocase USA, and ABB,” shared the team lead, Aswath S.