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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 Indus, an aerospace start-up based out of Bangalore, has been named as one of the shortlisted teams for Milestone Prizes by Google Lunar XPRIZE, which today announced the five international teams selected as finalists for Milestone Prizes, with a total...

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...

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...

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 and one thing alone -- that the job is done and done perfectly? If you don't know how this feels, here's a suggestion: Take a trip to Bengaluru. Lurk outside one of the several workplaces staffed by scientists from the Indian...

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 the next one will be with the folks whose launch vehicle we plan to use for our mission. Outreach We had over 200 registrations for our Student Lunar Rover Challenge #Trained4Space - 63 of them came for the presentation rounds @IITM &...

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...

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,...

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 quarter, and we have reason to believe we are one review away from getting done with PDR, it has been a while in the making, appears within sight now. We had the opportunity to meet with and present our case to...

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 time. It's interesting to note the moon takes exactly 25 hours to cross any given longitude on earth twice, if you assume the spacecraft is injected into the lunar transfer trajectory taking 73 hours to get to the moon - based...

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...

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...

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...

Space Apps – A Great Weekend!

Space Apps – A Great Weekend!

Put together 9000+ people from 83 cities in 44 countries and the ISS,who were given 58 challenges which resulted in 770+ impressive solutions. That was what the largest hackathon in the world saw this weekend. To have brought this event to our city was a wonderful weekend experience. We saw people of many ages, from a 13-yr old hardware hero to coders & engineering undergrads who traveled a long way just to be part of this great collaborative event. We saw...

A BIG quarter @TeamIndus

A BIG quarter @TeamIndus

Rounding up a really BIG quarter with the GLXP team summit @Santiago, Chile - special thanks to our gracious host Team Angelicvm. Other than Astrobotic, most of the teams appear to be at a similar level of preparedness - happy to still have a shot at the big one :)) We managed to get the word out these past few months, and were written about a few times, some interesting reads for those you may have missed out earlier - Economic...

App Gyaan @Space Apps #OpenCollaboration

App Gyaan @Space Apps #OpenCollaboration

As we come closer to the Space Apps challenge, we'd like to share what we think are some of the most awesome space apps on the market currently. This week we take a look at some general space apps, from...

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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