Mars Society
South Asia

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About Us

Mars Society South Asia (MSSA) is ​a ​volunteer-driven non-profit space advocacy organisation dedicated to advancing the scientific study, exploration, and public understanding of cosmos, in particular, the human exploration and settlement of planet Mars. MSSA is the official regional chapter of The Mars Society, USA for South Asia. It is the main regulatory authority for annual Mars rover competition Indian Rover Challenge (IRC) and Indian Rover Design Challenge (IRDC).

Our Motto

We aspire to Inspire the current and future generations to use our resources Innovatively to drive a positive change for the human settlement and Exploration of cosmos.

IRC Champions [2020]

Indian Rover Challenge 2020 Champions AGH Space Systems Poland

AGH Space Systems, Poland

IRC 2020 Stats


Teams (Final)


Teams (Final)





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We’re proud to announce another competition for budding engineers and space enthusiasts around the world. The International Planetary Aerial Systems (IPAS) Challenge is a competition for university students which challenges to design Mars Aerial System (Vehicle) which shall be fully …

Why Mars?

Among all the planetary bodies in our solar system, Mars is singular in that it possesses all the raw materials required to support not only life but a new branch of human civilization. This uniqueness is illustrated most clearly if we contrast Mars with the Earth's Moon, the most frequently cited alternative location for extraterrestrial human colonization.

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Mars Society South Asia - Projects Indian Rover Challenge

Indian Rover Challenge

Indian Rover Challenge (IRC) is only of its kind competition in Asia-Pacific which challenges undergraduate students to build astronaut-assistive Mars rovers and perform in Mars simulated conditions. IRC is a part of Rover Challenge Series (RCS).

Indian Rover Design Challenge

Indian Rover Design Challenge (IRDC) is a rover design competition which challenges university students to design next-generation Mars rovers that can perform in Martian conditions.

Mars Society South Asia - CMART


Consortium of Mars Rover Teams (C-MART) is a group of Mars rover teams of South Asia which strives to popularize rover designing and building among the youth of the region. It also acts as a platform for the transfer of knowledge and discussion among the rover teams.


Marspedia is an online encyclopedia of Mars.


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