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Human Exploration Rover Challenge to inspire students design next-generation space vehicles

U.S. space agency NASA has invited media to attend the Human Exploration Rover Challenge that will be held at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14.

The competition will have more than 100 participant teams competing with each other including teams from 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several other countries from the world such as India, Brazil, Germany, and Mexico. According to NASA, the Rover Challenge will inspire students to design the space agency’s next-generation space vehicles. Notably, the competition does not require teams to participate in a pre-qualifying challenge.

As part of the competition, the participating teams will need to design, build and test human-powered roving vehicles that could support missions to planets and other destinations across the solar system. The human-powered rovers will be piloted by one male and one female driver.

The participant teams will be able to earn points by assembling the rover in the allotted time; designing a lightweight rover; completing course obstacles successfully and performing tasks throughout the mission. They will need to meet all the pre- and post-challenge requirements in order to earn more points. Each team will be permitted two excursions. The greater score of the two excursions will be considered as the final score of the team.

“Our goal is to show off the competition firsthand to educators who’ve demonstrated an interest in participating,” said Mona Miller, Rover Challenge project manager at Marshall. “Bringing them out to experience all that energy and exhilaration is a great way to show them the payoff for the long hours of development, construction, and testing that their students and faculty advisors will undertake.”

NASA will live broadcast the event on streaming platforms like Facebook Live, Periscope, and Ustream.

You can find out more details about the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge on their official website.

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Megha Kedia

Megha Kedia

Megha is a seasoned reporter with over six years of experience covering news in technology, science and related fields. At The Space News, Megha covers space research & technology news.

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