Students are being invited by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to build and develop a wheeled rover for use in future missions.

Entire students nationwide are eligible to participate in the competition, known as the ISRO Robotics Challenge (IRC). The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) previously declared its intention to carry out more robotic investigation of the Moon and other celestial bodies. The Chandrayaan-3 mission, which made a successful landing on the southern pole of the moon in October 2023, is anticipated to build on the success of this new phase of exploration.

The space research agency’s Twitter (X) account posted the challenge.

The IRC seeks to promote creativity in the field of space robotics and give students a stage on which to demonstrate their skills. Additionally, ISRO will be able to find talented students through the competition who may be hired to work on next missions.

It should be possible for the wheeled rover to function under a range of conditions, such as on the Moon, Mars, and other planetary bodies. In addition, the rover should be capable of carrying out a number of tasks like gathering samples, snapping images, and exploring uncharted territory.

Firstpost reports that the difficult event’s registration will open on November 20, 2023, and close on December 15, 2023.

“To provide the students the opportunity in the area of space robotics, “ISRO Robotics Challenge-URSC 2024 (IRoC-U 2024)” is organized with a tagline of “Let’s build a space robot,” according to the ISRO notification. The challenge is an engineering project in which institutional teams build robots to compete in an arena with alien influences, carrying out tasks inspired by the difficulties faced by space robotics in real life. This is an invitation to the student body to participate in the design and development of a “Wheeled/Legged Rover,” which will involve the creation of the necessary hardware and software. The likelihood that the student-provided solutions from IRoC-U 2024 will be included in ISRO’s upcoming interplanetary robotics missions is higher.

Establishing a standardized platform for everyone interested in exploring the field of space robotics is the goal of this project.

A combination of a jury review and an evaluation of the teams’ sportsmanship will determine the winners. A monetary prize of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the winning team, Rs 3 lakh to the second place team, and Rs 2 lakh to the third place team. Two teams will also receive a consolation prize of Rs 1 lakh from ISRO. The URSC Bengaluru Campus will host the ISRO Robotics Challenge Day in August 2024.

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