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Launch of a competition to build robots for deep space exploration – News

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Dubai – The winning team can also win a cash prize of up to Dh50,000

Published: Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:50 PM

Last update: Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:01 AM

A new competition will give students the opportunity to build, code and design robots to perform complex reconnaissance missions on Mars. But that’s not all – they will also be working alongside the team that successfully sent the Hope probe to Mars.

Planet X, a two-month nationwide competition, was launched by Emirates Mars Mission in conjunction with Dubai Airshow 2021.

The competition aims to help young people across the country build their careers in the fast-growing global space and aviation industries. The winning team can also earn up to 50,000 Dhs.

The challenge begins with a pre-qualifying round in September, followed by a week of training in October.

Qualified high school and college students will participate in the main challenge during the Dubai Airshow 2021, which will take place from November 14 to 18.

Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of the Emirates Mars – Hope Probe Mission, said: “Youth empowerment is an important part of our long-term vision to improve the nation’s global position in all areas related to the space and create a new cadre of leaders who can push the frontiers of science and technology.

The competition aims to motivate young people with skills in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Sharaf added that the Planet X challenge will also give students insight into pursuing a career in space science.

“By building and coding robots to carry out complex reconnaissance missions on Mars, we will demonstrate how exciting and rewarding a career in space science can be,” Sharaf said. “We want to inspire students to reach for the stars and contribute to our nation’s meteoric rise in deep space exploration and I believe our new competition will do just that.”

The top 40 students will be invited to receive rigorous training and mentorship from engineers and technologists. They will learn how to develop state-of-the-art robots and 3D-printed aircraft from the Hope Probe Mars mission team.

Finally, to carry out their mission, the students will have to overcome various complex challenges. Competitors will have to create ground and air robots for reconnaissance missions on Planet X and build an unmanned aerial vehicle to hover above the Martian planet.

Timothy Hawes, Managing Director of Tarsus F&E – the organizers of Dubai Airshow 2021, said: “Since its launch, the Dubai Airshow has been a platform to nurture new talent and inspire the next generation to be part of the industry. global aerospace.”

“We are delighted to support major initiatives such as Emirates Mars Mission Planet X, which gives students the opportunity to showcase their skills, learn from top industry experts and pave the way for a career in the world. space industry,” he added.

To enter Planet X, students must complete a pre-qualifying round, which is now open.

Candidates must design an aircraft capable of carrying out missions on Mars, answer technical details about its practical operation and complete a live coding challenge.

To enter, send an email with your team information to [email protected]

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