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Thapar team looking for finances for their NASA competition

Written by: Staff

Patiala, May 14: The 14-member team of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) is on the look out for sponsors to finance their trip to the United States to help them to participate in the finals of the Space Settlement Design Competition to be held at Kennedy Space Research Centre in Florida from July 15 to 17.

''Though the team members were really happy to have reached the final stage, all the students were now worried about the financial resources that were required to participate in the tournament'' Sunit Arora a member of the team told UNI today.

He said so far no sponsors had come forward to finance their visit to the US though TIET ''is helping us in all respects''.

Students of the TIET had participated in the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition organised by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Chandigarh in January this year.

The Thapar team is amongst the four teams that had been selected from countries other than the US by NASA to participate in the competition at Florida.

TIET found their place among the top four teams from among 55 teams from 37 Asian countries (including Australia) that contested the competition at Chandigarh.

Three teams selected to participate in the competition at Florida are from India while the fourth is from Australia and four teams are from the US itself. The TIET squad has been allianced with the Durango High School of the US to compete in the final competition. The local team which comprising of Mishika Singla, Varun Jindal, Avan Goel, Dhruv Kalia, Sahil Arora, Sunit Bawa, Varun Aggarwal, Kanwar Nihal Singh Gill, Sorab Mehra, Sunny Mittal and Karendeep Singh along with two team leaders, Manish Kandelwal and Pritish Kumar, has already started preparations for the competition and the members are confident to being successful at NASA.

There would be two rounds in the final competition, the first would be a question and answer session that would be followed by a presentation and the second round would be the real competition.

Varun Jindal, a team member said that in their project in the Asian competition they had designed a virtual settlement on Mars that could house almost 15,000 humans. He said the project also had features like radiation protection, temperature control, sustainability and availability of materials for habitation.

Another member of the team said at Florida they would demonstrate the use of robots for normal routine work. They were also working on a project entitled 'inter-planetary activities ', he added.


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