(From left to right) Manoj Chaudhary, P Vineeth Reddy, R Prakash and P Sravan Rao
Warangal: This Diwali has turned out to be a double bonanza for young techies of Warangal as they had an invite from the NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge and as well as from the RoboGames, known as Olympics of Robots and said to be world’s largest robotics competition organisers.
The design of a buggy designed to traverse the simulated surface of moon conceived by a team of young techies - P Paul Vineeth (B Tech, ECE final year), Prakash Raineni (Mech final), P Sravan Rao (ECE final), Rondla Dilip Reddy (Mech final) and Venishetty Sneha (Civil final) – guided by faculty Manoj Chaudhary has been shortlisted for the Rover Challenge by the NASA to be held between April 12 and April 14, 2018 at Huntsville in Alabama of US.
The Rover Challenge that began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race in 1994 has been focusing on designing, constructing, and testing technologies that will be needed in future exploration missions, besides providing valuable experience to the students.
While these students, all belonging to SR Engineering College, are engaged in the preparation full-scale working model of the buggy, they had a surprise invite from the RoboGames that is inviting best minds from the world to compete in 50 different events such as combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu.
The event will be held between April 21 and April 23, 2018. Prakash (B Tech, Mech final year) is the other member of the team in the preparation of combat robot. The team will be with their 'mobile autonomous robot' to compete in the combat robot category. Speaking to The Hans India, Manoj Chaudhary said: “It’s going to be race against time for us as we have to prepare for both the events. These events will not only bring fame for us but also to Warangal city at the international level.”
P Paul Vineeth, one of the members of the team, said that they have their task cut out with both the events are going to happen within the span of just two weeks. Venishetty Sneha said that the team is in search of chromoly steel and other material for the preparation of the buggy and are likely to procure them from Mumbai.
SR Educational Society Chairman A Varada Reddy said: “This reflects our endeavours for promoting technical education on par with the best institutions in the country.”