TNN | Posted November 15, 2023 11:28 AM
After the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 mission, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is now gearing up for future robotic exploration missions to the Moon and other celestial bodies.
To create opportunities for academia and industry to participate in the technology developmental activities, ISRO’s U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) has invited applications from the youth for innovative ideas and designs of robotic rovers for future space missions.
This will provide developmental opportunities in space robotics to the participating entities and to leverage the creative thinking among the youth for interplanetary missions, says ISRO.
ISRO Robotics Challenge-URSC 2024 (IRoC-U 2024) is organised with a tagline of ‘Let’s build a space robot’. The challenge consists of an engineering project where the institutional teams build robots to compete in an extra-terrestrial-inspired arena, performing tasks based on the real-life challenges faced by space robotics.
This is an invitation for the student community for the design and realisation of a ‘Wheeled/Legged Rover’ encompassing the development of complete hardware and software. The solutions provided by the students in IRoC-U 2024 have a chance of getting incorporated into ISRO’s future interplanetary robotics missions.
Through this competition, ISRO aims to develop a deeper understanding of space robotics and its applications among the student community. “It will enhances their communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem-solving and flexibility skills which will benefit them in their academic and professional lives,” says the space agency. This will also co-develop both the students’ and ISRO’s future technologies needed in the area of space robotics.