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MBRSC broadcasts nationwide winners, set to signify UAE in 4th Kibo Robot Programming Challenge

DUBAI, eighth August, 2023 (WAM) — The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre as we speak revealed that AUS-IEEE-RAS group from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) will signify the UAE for the 4th version of the annual worldwide robotics problem – Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC). After an specific choice course of, the winner announcement was made by astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi from the International Space Station (ISS).

This problem is a collaborative effort between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA, the place college students are provided a world platform to focus on their superior programming acumen by controlling Astrobee, a free-flying robotic, inside a simulated setting. This September, the highlight will probably be on the finale, the place groups will remotely pilot the robotic contained in the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) on the ISS. The occasion will culminate with the announcement of the highest three successful groups, adopted by an award ceremony.

Adnan AlRais, Mission Manager, UAE Astronaut Programme, MBRSC, echoed the emotions of pleasure and achievement. “This moment of triumph is a testament to the talents and innovative capabilities of our youth. As we expand our footprint in the space frontier, events like the Kibo-RPC underscore the importance of integrating space science in our education system. We are not only fostering future astronauts but also contributing to the creation of a knowledge-driven society ready to face the challenges of tomorrow,” he expressed.
The nationwide choice for this 12 months’s Kibo-RPC began in February 2023 with an invitation, with a number of universities throughout the UAE making use of.

Among the contenders for the ultimate choice, have been the victorious AUS-IEEE-RAS group, a bunch of area fans from Khalifa University and New York University Abu Dhabi, a proud unit from UAE University, and one other expert group from the American University of Sharjah.

Each group introduced a novel mix of revolutionary considering, problem-solving capabilities, and programming experience to the problem.

After the preliminary software and self-study phases, the competitors transitioned to the programme growth stage in April 2023, the place the groups acquired entry to the simulated atmosphere for programming functions. Following a preliminary spherical in July and a subsequent section of programme enchancment, the AUS-IEEE-RAS group secured its place because the UAE’s finalist.

During the problem, groups confronted a state of affairs involving a suspected ammonia leak contained in the ISS from Kibo’s management programs. Tasked with sustaining the security of the astronauts, the groups programmed Astrobee to find and repair the leaks, showcasing their problem-solving capabilities in a high-pressure, simulated area atmosphere.

The Kibo-RPC is a part of a broader MBRSC-JAXA collaboration that features the Kibo-ABC initiative, which empowers college students to programme free-flying robots on the International Space Station. This partnership builds on the success of earlier collaborative initiatives, together with an academic challenge that includes Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori and the Int-Ball, a digital camera robotic onboard the ISS, in addition to seminars on area robotic applied sciences and the angle management expertise of spacecraft.