DU students hope to send their robot for lunar mining
Students said they came to know about the competition through their seniors in college, who had participated in the competition last year. “We were the only non-engineering team, which took part in the competition in 2012. The model that we are developing is a device which will move on the surface of the moon and dig lunar soil. NASA encourages collaborations and people from the CIC are helping us. As part of outreach programmes, team members have been going to schools and NGOs to talk about these projects,” Sumitra Mohanthy, faculty advisor for the project, said.
Ritika Khera, a second year Physics (Honours) student at Kirorimal College, is one of the students who have been associated with the project since August 2012. “While robotics has been introduced at the school level, students of non-technical courses in college rarely take up this kind of work. Such projects are mostly undertaken by engineering students,” she said.
Talking about the project and its relevance to DU’s Physics (Honours) course, Ritika said, “Papers in mechanics and electronics have been useful in designing the robot. We calculate torque and look at the motor mechanism of the robot, applying what we study. Principles of
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