New Opportunity

New Opportunity is the flagship engineering project of NUS SEDS. The aim is to design and build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that can accomplish a variety of tasks with some autonomous capabilities. Other than for space exploration rover technology also has a use case in warehouse management, disaster search and rescue and explosive ordnance disposal.

Competition: University Rover Challenge (URC) happens from November 2019 (registration) to May 2020 (competition). Teams and rovers will compete in 4 missions: the Science Mission, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Mission, Equipment Servicing Mission, and Autonomous Traversal Mission.
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Registration for the 2020 competition has just opened and will close on November 1, 2019. All registered teams will be required to submit a Preliminary Design Review package by December 6, 2019, and a System Acceptance Review milestone will follow on February 28, 2020. The top 36 teams will be selected to compete in the 2020 University Rover Challenge Finals, held May 28 - May 30, 2020 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, USA.

Mentors: Prof Low Kay Soon (SEDS academic advisor), Prof Loh Ai Poh

Technical Advisors: Mr Eugene Ee, Mr M. Sheral, Prof Marcello Ang, Dr Rajesh Panicker, Mr Lim Hong Wee


  • Built a fully functioning and aesthetically pleasing prototype, New Spirit, in 2 months with a small dedicated team and a budget of S$500.
  • Received more than 60 sign-ups from students from across various years and faculties including several postgraduate students through successful advertising.
  • Collaborated with NUS Hackers for free access to their tools, instruments, equipment and consumables and with Centre for Additive Manufacturing for 3D printing.
  • Partnered with Hatch, a social enterprise empowering youths, to host a group of secondary school students as part of outreach on 6/8/19.
  • Worked out a detailed budget and crafted sponsorship package for dissemination to interested parties.
  • Collaborating with iDP student’s club to organise a Bootcamp for iDP students along with the rover team to impart necessary skills and knowledge.


Team Leadership

Role Name Major Year
Project Manager Rachiket Arya Mechanical Engineering 4
Project Team Lead Harsh Goel Mechanical Engineering 4
Mechanical Lead Asyraf Abbas Mechanical Engineering 4
Electrical Lead Sambhavi Deepthi Electrical Engineering 4
Software lead Jethro Kuan Computer Science 4
Science Lead Samuel Chan Geography 1


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