India – A Mars rover developed by a team of students from Manipal University has brought great glory to India from Mars Desert Research Station, Utah, USA. Manipal team was ranked 13th among 63 global contestants at the international University Rover Challenge (URC), held from 2–4 June 2016. This is a creditable achievement for the Mars Rover Manipal (MRM) team, who participated for the first time in such a competition at a global level.
Inspired by the Mangalyaan, the first inter-planetary mission of India, MRM was started in October 2014 by a group of potential undergraduate students from mechanical, electrical and electronics, aeronautical, mechatronics and electronics and communication engineering of M.I.T., Manipal University.
The team had to compete in four different tasks namely astronaut assistance, equipment servicing, terrain traversing, and science cache. Today, the team has grown to seventeen students, and is planning to carry out further research and improve the design of the rover.