BRACU Mongol Tori off to URC 2018

BRACU Mongol Tori is preparing with full motion with their rover “witty” for the upcoming URC 2018 competition. They are approaching with innovative ideas and upgraded technologies. The team secured itself among the top 36 teams from 95 teams all over the world who submitted System Acceptance Review for URC 2018. 36 teams from total 10 countries all over the world got selected in which Bangladesh has 3 teams and these are from BRAC University, IUB and AIUB.

Mongol Tori is the result of a group of students’ dream, dedication, and hard work. The rover will be controlled by a human being and is capable of exploring planet MARS to convey a total inspection along with finding water flow history and sign of life on the planet MARS. This primary model rover is weighted 50 kg. In spite of being a small size rover, it is a fully complete Mars rover which is capable of taking pictures, weather analysis, soil test and searching for life. The rover can be controlled from 1000-meter distance.

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This year Mohammad Zahirul Islam is leading the BRACU Mongol Tori Team. The project would not be possible without the tremendous effort of team advisor Dr. Md. Khalilur Rhaman and Co-advisor Md. Saiful Islam.  The team consists of 18 members and is divided into 5 categories which are mechanical lead by Ali Ahsan, control and navigation lead by Zahirul Islam, electronics lead by Razin Bin Issa, communication lead by Sayantan Arko, science team lead by Syed Md. Kamruzzaman and finance and promotion lead by Soyeb Ahmed. Apart from that Ekhwan Islam, Mahbub Ali Sifat, K M Fahim Mahmud, Masrur Khan, Ragib Anjum, Zarif Zafar, Rowshni Tasneem, Zaber Mohammad, Fariha Sazid, Tarin Sultana, Noshin Saiyara, Mehzabien Iqbal and Gazi Musa Al Johan are other members of the team. BRACU Mongol Tori has already been recognized at MARS Desert Research Station, URC and USA. The team had won 3rd position at IRC 2018 which was held at VIT, Vellore, India. Besides, the rover secured 2nd position at project exhibition of Digital World which was organized by Ministry of ICT Bangladesh in 2017.

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The biggest obstacle in building rover is the managing necessary financial resources. As a matter of fact, our country does not have any lack of innovative minds and ideas but has a huge shortage of financial support provided. It would be a great initiative by governments and large industries if they come forward with proper financial and other support so that the youth of Bangladesh can advance our country in terms of technology and robotics field.

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