Indian Rover Challenge off to great start


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Kemmannu News Network, 10-01-2019 16:48:49


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Manipal : Nine of the 10 teams were seen in action on the first day asthe Indian Rover Challenge was off to a great start at the MIT ground here on Thursday. Two teams from Poland, three from Bangladesh and the remaining five from India are taking part in the three-day meet which was formally inaugurated by the Registrar of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dr Narayana Sabhahit on Wednesday at the MIT Library auditorium.

 

“One of the Polish teams did not get clearance of their robot in Bangalore, but the team members are here,” said an official of the organizing team, Mars Rover Manipal.The other nine teams participated in Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task on day one. The teams were to detect objects from the base station without being in direct line of sight with the rover and deliver them to a dummy astronaut hidden in another place.

Then they further had to cross a rocky garden to retrieve another object and were also supposed to climb a steep slope and come to the other side. The task was supposed to be completed within 30 minutes. Only three teams were able to cross the rocky garden successfully. All the teams will resume the challenge tomorrow with autonomous traversal and equipment servicing task.

The participating teams are, IIT Madras, VIT Vellore, VIT Chennai, NIT Surat, Delhi Technological University, two teams from Poland and three teams from Bangladesh. The rules do not permit host team Mars Rover Manipal to participate. 

 

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