The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is ushering in a new era of robotic exploration missions to celestial bodies following the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 lander on the lunar south pole. To encourage innovation and leverage the creative thinking among the youth of India, Isro has launched the ‘Isro Robotics Challenge-URSC 2024’, an exciting opportunity for students to contribute to the development of space robotics.
The challenge invites students to design and build a ‘Wheeled/Legged Rover’ with complete hardware and software. The solutions provided by the participants have the potential to be incorporated into Isro’s future interplanetary robotics missions. The objective of the challenge is to provide a standardized platform for exploring space robotics, foster a deeper understanding of its applications among the student community, and foster collaboration for the development of future technologies in this field.
Isro plans to organize the on-site competition, where participants will showcase their robots’ capabilities by performing tasks inspired by real-life challenges facing space robotics, on the URSC campus in Bengaluru in August 2024. Students from various educational institutions will compete in an extra-terrestrial-inspired arena, pushing the boundaries of their technical skills and problem-solving abilities.
This initiative not only promotes youth engagement in space exploration but also holds the promise of propelling India’s space program to greater heights. By tapping into the creativity and imagination of the younger generation, Isro is cultivating a bright future for space robotics and interplanetary missions.
Q: What is the Isro Robotics Challenge-URSC 2024?
A: The Isro Robotics Challenge-URSC 2024 is an engineering project that invites students to design and build a ‘Wheeled/Legged Rover’ for space robotics missions.
Q: What are the objectives of the challenge?
A: The objectives of the challenge are to provide a standardized platform for exploring space robotics, foster a deeper understanding of its applications among the student community, and co-develop future technologies with Isro.
Q: Where will the final on-site competition take place?
A: The final on-site competition is planned to be conducted on the URSC campus in Bengaluru in August 2024.