Aditya MadanapalleMar 22, 2017 13:50:41 IST
TeamIndus is hoping to bag the prestigious Google Lunar Xprize by launching a rover to the moon in a PSLV mission by Isro scheduled near the end of the year. TeamIndus will be ridesharing on the rocket with Team Hakuto from Japan, another team to attempt the Lunar Xprize. TeamIndus has organised a competition of its own, where anyone who solves a puzzle will be flown to the launch event, and get to assemble a rover with TeamIndus.
The competition is open only for those who are thirteen and older, and minors will have to get permission from their parents. TeamIndus will only pay for domestic flights. 20 winners will be picked, but the competition has a tight deadline, entries will be stopped after midnight, 24 March. The challenge is to essentially navigate the TeamIndus rover, the ECA, across the surface of the Moon and get the most points.
The rover moves like the knight on a chessboard, and the board has been peppered with various obstacles, and zones for points. The puzzle is educational when it comes to the kind of obstacles that rovers have to navigate on the Moon. Users are not allowed to revisit the same square twice, but can pass over them as many times as they want.
The objective is to get the maximum number of points. More information about the competition is available on a Medium post by TeamIndus. The high scores can be submitted here.
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