NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge 2023 is all set to welcome 61 teams across the world that shall compete against each other to develop and invent new technologies for crewed space missions. Team INTERSTELLARS from SAEINDIA Collegiate Club of KIET Group of Institutions, Delhi-NCR, Ghaziabad has been selected as one of the teams from India that is working on human-powered rovers. This 3-day competition will be organized in Huntsville, Alabama, US (NASA’s space & rocket centre) from 20th April to 22nd April 2023.
As per the team’s mentor, Mr. Tuhin Srivastava, this is the third-time for SAEINDIA Collegiate Club of KIET to participate in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. He stated, “In 2019, we got the prestigious “AIAA Neil Armstrong Best Design Award” and in the year 2021, we got “Phoenix Award”. This year, our team is comprised of 6 student members, and we are hopeful to win the competition.”
On 12th April 2023, the institute organized the Rover Flag-Off Ceremony at the SAEKIET Workshop on campus along with a press conference, wherein the team discussed about their project and celebrated their achievement to have made to this point. Team Captain Agam Jain said, “It was not an easy or smooth journey for us. We spent sleepless nights to design and assemble our rover. Fitting the frame in a box of size 5*5*5, keeping in mind the strength of the frame, keeping the weight of the vehicle in mind, were all very tough tasks, but we are confident that our rover will easily overcome all the obstacles and tasks, put forth in the competition.”
Elated by the enthusiasm of the students, the institute’s Director, Dr. A Garg, said, “I always believed myself to be a good orator. But, today, I feel out of words. I am joyful, exhilarated and speechless at the same time. You are not just the future of KIET Group of Institutions, but the future of our nation. I wish Team INTERSTELLARS and their mentor Mr. Tuhin, the very best and we shall definitely win.”
The institute’s Joint Director, Dr. Manoj Goel, too expressed his emotions by blessing the team with all the luck. He added, “We are glad to shared that on the basis of our previous performances in the past events, AICTE has approved the reputed SSPCA (Support to Students Participating in Competitions Abroad) Sponsorship for our team. In addition, the institute is also supporting the team by providing financial support from its end.”
As per NASA, all the participating teams shall be judged on the basis of their ability to assemble a rover that could traverse a half-mile course, consisting of 10 obstacles and 5 tasks with a simulated field of crevasses, boulders, asteroid debris, erosion ruts, and an ancient streambed.