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Students compete for best Mars rover design
A team of Ryerson engineering and science students is one of 36 teams from seven countries competing in the Utah desert to demonstrate the strengths of its robotic vehicle for potential use by astronauts visiting Mars.
Team leads Michael Marmeto and Feroz Balsara from the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and their teammates, external link have developed a drive system for their rover that is especially equipped to traverse the rough terrain of Mars. The rover is also designed to make tasks like sample taking and testing much easier. The University Rover Challenge, external link solicits engineering solutions for the next generation of Mars rovers that could support astronauts in their work. The winners of this competition will present their design at the International Mars Society Convention.
At Ryerson, students get the opportunity to develop both technical expertise as well as skills like collaboration and project management while fulfilling their dreams to navigate other parts of the universe.
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