Bangladesh world champion in NASA Space Apps Challenge

Team Mohakash
For the second time in a row, Bangladesh has won the Nasa Space Apps Challenge. Team Mohakash took first place in the best mission concept category, beating out 4,534 teams from 162 nations. The “ARSS-Advanced Regolith Sampler System” will allow astronauts to regulate the dust that blows around freely on the aliens’ surface during the expedition.

Bangladesh’s Team Mohakash has won the Nasa Space Apps Challenge 2021 for developing a toolkit to collect samples from the lunar surface. In previous human trips to the moon, astronauts had problems working amid surface dust because, in low gravity, dust particles easily rise and float.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, the State Minister for Information and Communication Technology, has expressed his delight at Bangladesh’s accomplishment.

Basis President, Syed Almas Kabir said: “This is another major milestone in our endeavors as Basis continues the journey of building a Digital Bangladesh”. He also added “I congratulate “Team Mohakash” for raising the name of Bangladesh in the world arena.”

Farhana A Rahman, senior vice president of Basis said  “This success showcases Bangladesh’s ICT strength to the rest of the globe.”

“Team Mohakash” Team Leader Sumit Chanda said, “It is always a matter of pride to be able to represent our country to the world. We have worked on a solution that the world’s largest space research organizations including NASA are still researching.”

In this year’s round of the Nasa Space Apps Challenge international competition, more than 800 projects from Bangladesh were submitted.

Representatives from 125 projects participated in the 48-hour hackathon after the incomplete concepts were scrapped, and Nasa nominated the best 27 projects. It took place in Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Comilla, among other cities in Bangladesh.