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Culture @TeamIndus

There are very few start-ups in the world which start with a Moon Mission.  And there is Team Indus.  Like every mission we have seen on innumerable episodes of Star Trek, this team relies on its experts, team members, advisory board, leadership and ingenuity to deliver the result.  We are an eclectic mix of youth and experience, drawn together on an exciting mission.  Our team of passionate youngsters – some straight out of campus, are ably supported by veteran scientists....

Winds of Change!

Winds of Change!

Winds of change and frentic activity in India over the past few weeks, change is in the air and change is always welcome. Updates from the last several weeks here: @ISRO 1. Mission Feasibility analysis of our case is nearing completion at...

Recruiting great talent #ArmchairRocketeers

Recruiting great talent #ArmchairRocketeers

@TeamIndus we started Armchair Rocketeers League to identify, recognize and reward talent - and at some point have this talent help Team Indus solve some of its own "mathemtical problem statements". As an idea-sourcing initiative, this is to a great...

Armchair Rocketeers League #TeamIndus

Armchair Rocketeers League #TeamIndus

“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” ~ LupitaNyong’o, best supporting actress, Oscars 2014, for 12 Years a Slave Steven Spielberg created a Space Renaissance, some say. Like the original Renaissance movement, it replicated the domino effect – ideas...

Finalist for the Landing System Milestone Prize & the Imaging Subsystem Milestone Prize!

Finalist for the Landing System Milestone Prize & the Imaging Subsystem Milestone Prize!

Google Lunar XPRIZE announces Team Indus as Milestone Prize finalist -- Only Indian team in unprecedented USD30 million aerospace prize –   New Delhi: In what can be seen as a resounding endorsement of India’s rich promise in aerospace engineering and research, Team...

MOM completes 100 days

MOM completes 100 days

Continued from "Red Alert! India Goes to Mars! - Part 1"....   And these are only the physical requirements. You also need to figure out the path that the spacecraft must take from Earth to Mars. This is not just a matter of aiming the spacecraft in the general direction of the Red Planet. Like the Earth, Mars also revolves around the sun, so the challenge is to get one moving object (the spacecraft) away from another moving object (Earth) in such...

Lunar Rover Challenge: What, Who and How!

Lunar Rover Challenge: What, Who and How!

  Coordinators of Shaastra at IIT Chennai, put together a fantastic arena within the open air theatre of the institute campus, displaying an amazing selection of topography and artefacts. In fact, Iron Man himself paid a visit to check out some of the lunar artefacts! Engineering students from across India assembled to answer the Lunar Rover Challenge 2014. And they were a pretty smart bunch -- most of them moved away from the conventional Zigbee-based telecommunication to a wi-fi based one. Some...

TeamIndus @2013 – Aspire, Believe, Create

TeamIndus @2013 – Aspire, Believe, Create

This is getting bigger and better as we get closer to take-off, albeit with some hiccups as we try to decipher the workings of million-dollar aerospace missions. By hiccups we mean this: By the end of 2013, our team had...

Counting down to LRC-2014 @Sponsored by Sasken

Counting down to LRC-2014 @Sponsored by Sasken

Lunar Rover Challenge-2014 An event sponsored by Sasken Communications and co-hosted by Team Indus & Shaastra-2014 to look for the great hackers who can pull off a planetary rover within the limited time & resources. This event is a fantastic opportunity...

Red Alert! India goes to Mars! – Part 1

Red Alert! India goes to Mars! – Part 1

Do you know or remember what it is to love your job? To be involved in it with such passion that your workplace becomes the place where you live, that every fibre of your being is focused on one thing...

Tech fixes, reviews, #Trained4Space @2013-Q3

Tech fixes, reviews, #Trained4Space @2013-Q3

Updates A quarter that had us rushing to plug the gaps in our design - Systems & Mission. And then we started identifying partners, suppliers - including a prototyping partner @BLR. We conducted 3 technical reviews with independent panels this quarter, hoping...

LRC Presentation round @IITM #Trained4Space

LRC Presentation round @IITM #Trained4Space

We spent the last weekend @IITM - we were privileged to have Dr Asokan, Dr Shiva Kumar, Dr Farooque Ali, Mr HK Biswas help us judge the team presentations - thank you gentlemen. A special shout out to the Shaastra organizing team for helping put this together seamlessly, appreciate your enthusiastic support :) #Trained4Space is a program launched by Team Indus to draw on the energy and some pretty interesting concepts / ideas out there. The first event under this program...

Lunar Rover challenge #Trained4Space

Lunar Rover challenge #Trained4Space

We figured since we had an opportunity for creative thinking with the Rover why not get help from smart engineering college kids, startups and then some. #Trained4Space is Team Indus’ program to reach out to a wider demography of thinkers, creators, explorers – we haven’t quite restricted participation on the program to India or Indians, however we doubt international teams will spend several thousands of dollars on travel et al just to be part of one of our events. Practically speaking #Trained4Space...

MTA, Trained4Space, Catch22s @TeamIndus

MTA, Trained4Space, Catch22s @TeamIndus

Having tried running startups all my life, and I use the word "tried" as none of them really went on to "reach the sky". Any startup would vouch for the classic Catch22 they face each day - without progress, you won't...

The big review weekend

The big review weekend

This last weekend we were fortunate to have over half a dozen independent experts review our designs. The committee comprised of retired ISRO scientists, IITM & IITG professors, industry partner reviewers and our technical Advisors. As is the case before every...

Reviews, alliances & moving to Bangalore @2013-Q2

Reviews, alliances & moving to Bangalore @2013-Q2

A quarter spent on getting some of our industry alliances in place, moving to a new city and then some. Updates We moved to Bangalore, with the resolution that our next move will be to SHAR :)) We conducted 2 technical reviews this...

Lunar transfer trajectory considerations

Lunar transfer trajectory considerations

An efficient transfer into Lunar transfer trajectory, requires the spacecraft to be fired from the negative unit vector of where the Moon would be at the time of landing or simply from the antipode of moon’s position at expected landing...

Launch considerations @SHAR

Launch considerations @SHAR

We are going to run a short series of posts on launch considerations, lunar trajectory, landing site and then some. Our launch provider was pre-selected for us - ISRO's PSLV! For PSLV Satish Dhawan Space Center's (SHAR) launch pad at Sriharikota as the designated launch station. Launch vehicle ascent trajectories are designed to ensure none of the spent launch vehicle articles fall on populated areas / landmasses. Which is the reason all launch pads are on a sea coast, the outer boundaries...

As the earth moves away…

As the earth moves away…

"It is not the Moon that’s coming closer which excited us but the Earth that is moving away. We might go any farther but we keep looking at our home land." ~ Apollo Mission Exposure conditions for Earth viewing? What are the ideal conditions for Earth-viewing? How can one take a photograph of Earth? As we gear up to goto the moon, it is natural for us to plan to photograph our home, some high level considerations presented here: When Moon is at "Position...

Nikola Tesla & Silicon Valley!

Nikola Tesla & Silicon Valley!

The first statue in the world to offer a free Wi-Fi hotspot, a statue of Nikola Tesla will be cast in bronze in the Silicon Valley. If you aren't already sold on their idea then this should help you make up...

Bangalore beckons…

Bangalore beckons…

With the coordinates of 12deg 58' N 77deg 34' E, home to some of the biggest IT, aerospace and biotech majors in India, Bangalore or Bengaluru, as it is called now, is one of the fastest growing Indian metros. Bangalore...

MOON HERE WE COME

Team Indus

An Aerospace startup based out of New Delhi, India is racing against time, technology gotchas & funding challenges with 25 other international teams for this out-of-this-world, literally, podium finish!

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Google Lunar X Prize

The world's largest media-tech company Google, X Prize foundation offers a prize purse of $30 million to privately funded teams to land a robotic craft on the moon before 31st Dec 2015.

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