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India team wins two awards at NASA Rover Challenge 2015

Mumbai’s SVKM’s NMIMS Mukesh Patel School of Technology, Management & Engineering has won two prizes at the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge was held April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

In addition, the team also won the safety system award in university division whiel the spirit award was for its overall team energy enthusiasm and camraderie.

In all 95 registered student teams from high schools, colleges and universities across 18 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams from Germany, India, Mexico and Russia participated in the event.

Awards were presented to teams posting the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, with the fewest on-course penalties. In addition, other awards were presented for accomplishments regarding technology design, systems safety and more.

Full List of Winners:

High School Division – Obstacle Course

First place, college division: International Space Education Institute - Team Russia of Moscow
First place, college division: International Space Education Institute – Team Russia of Moscow
Credits: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given
  • First Place: University Gardens High School of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Second Place: Rafaelina Lebron Flores of Patillas, Puerto Rico
  • Third Place: The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology of Reno, Nevada

University Division – Obstacle Course

  • First Place: International Space Education Institute – Team Russia of Moscow
  • Second Place: International Space Education Institute – Team Germany of Leipzig
  • Third Place: Middle Tennessee State University – Team 1 of Murfreesboro

Neil Armstrong Best Design Award (for the best technical approach to solve the engineering problem of navigating the extraterrestrial terrain of the course. This award honors the memory of Apollo 11 astronaut Armstrong, the first man on the moon):

  • High School Division: Parish Episcopal School of Dallas, Texas
  • University Division: Auburn University of Auburn, Alabama

Technology Challenge Award (for the team which best addresses this year’s unique “wheel technology challenge,” designing an innovative mobility system to aid navigation over the course):

  • The Rhode Island School of Design of Providence

Featherweight Award (for the lightest rover on the track):

  • High School Division: Vocational High School Teodoro Aguilar Mora – Team 1 of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
  • University Division: The University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

The Telemetry/Electronics Award (for the most innovative onboard data-gathering and delivery system):

  • Pittsburg State University – Team 2 of Pittsburg, Kansas

Frank Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award (for ingenuity and persistence in overcoming problems during the race. Sexton, a NASA welder who mentored numerous welders and engineers among the Marshall workforce, worked on the original lunar rover and numerous other space vehicles until his death in 2000):

  • High School Division: Centro de Ciencia y Tecnologia Semilla of Chihuahua, Mexico
  • College Division: Christian Brothers University from Memphis, Tennessee

Crash and Burn Award (for enduring and recovering from the worst vehicle breakdown):

  • Purdue University Calumet – Team 2 of Hammond, Indiana

Spirit Award (for overall team energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie):

  • SVKM’s NMIMS Mukesh Patel School of Technology, Management & Engineering of Mumbai, India

Rookie Award:

  • High School Division: Rafaelina Lebron Flores
  • University Division: Louisiana State University of Baton Rouge

Jesco von Puttkamer International Team Award (for the fastest team hailing from outside the United States. The late, German-born von Puttkamer worked at Marshall from 1962-1974, supporting the Apollo moon missions and the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. He was instrumental in introducing international teams to NASA student racing in the early 2000s):

  • High School Division: The International Space Education Institute – Team Russia of Moscow
  • University Division: The International Space Education Institute – Team Russia of Moscow

Best Report Award (technical documentation of the equipment and procedures used in design, build, test and the results obtained):

  • High School Division: Escambia High School of Pensacola, Florida
  • University Division: The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Most Improved:

  • High School Division: Parish Episcopal School
  • University Division: Bevill State Community College – Team 1 of Sumiton, Alabama

System Safety Award (for the team exemplifying best safety practices):

  • High School Division: The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology
  • University Division: SVKM’s NMIMS Mukesh Patel School of Technology, Engineering and Management.

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