(Persia Digest) – A spacecraft designed by Sharif University of Technology students in Iran which can go to the moon has won second place at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) competition.

Shadx – New Horizon team members are all undergraduates in aerospace engineering. They registered their design for a spacecraft called ‘Ariana’ in a report format on the competition website after eight months of research.

The team eventually succeeded in taking second place among thirteen international teams who had submitted their designs to the competition.


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Ariana is a smart spacecraft that can make ten return trips from the cis-lunar space station which will be a platform for future missions to the moon. The number of trips can be doubled by changing the propulsion module.

Specifications set out in the RFP for the 2018-2019 AIAA competition for undergraduates was to design a reusable spacecraft capable of landing on the moon. After being launched from earth, the spacecraft will connect to a lunar space station. Subsequently, it must carry out the manoeuvres required to reach the surface of the moon, land, take off, and return to the space station.

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