The team of five students - Muhammed Juhaim Ibnu Abdul Jabbar, PV Abimanyu Nair, Jibin Jose, Anoop Nayak and Joseph Stephen - is among the 31 teams selected for the URC from six countries across the globe.

According to sources, the team will also compete with students from across the world in the prestigious international aeronautical contest CanSat in US. The purpose of the CanSat is to mimic the functions of an actual satellite, and thus it is an intertwining of various fields of engineering.

The CanSat competition will be held in Texas in June, and the URC will be held at the Mars Desert Research Station in the remote barren desert of southern Utah in May 2014. The URC is the world's premier robotics competition for college students.
TIST is among 31 university teams in the URC representing six countries: US, India, Egypt, Poland, Canada and Bangladesh. The team of Kerala students will compete with students from well-known institutions such as Yale University, Cornell University and the Warsaw University of Technology.

It is for the second consecutive year that a team from TIST has been selected for the CanSat, which is being organised by the American Astronautical Society and American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics in association with NASA, Naval Research Laboratory (USA), Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp and PRAXIS Inc.
The competitions are the most prestigious platforms for students of science from universities and colleges across the world to showcase space-related systems they have conceptualised and built. The TIST team is the first ever from Kerala to be selected for both the competitions.


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