There are moments in our past which define the progress of the intelligent beings as an exponential success in space. These instances are incredible in paving future research. But every coin has a flip side. NSSC ’18 awaits a detailed study of such cases, considering all the Pros and Cons. Bring out the analyst in you, because we, of all, are more than excited to meet him.


Teams from 28 countries made up the joint team responsible for designing, building, flying and collecting data from the Cassini orbiter and Huygens probe. The mission was managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the United States, where the orbiter was assembled. Huygens was developed by the European Space Research and Technology Centre. The Centre's prime contractor, Arospatiale of France (now Thales Alenia Space), assembled the probe with equipment and instruments supplied by many European countries (Huygens' batteries and two scientific instruments by the United States). The Italian Space Agency (ASI) provided the Cassini Orbiter's high-gain radio antenna, with the incorporation of a low-gain antenna (to ensure telecommunications with the Earth for the entire duration of the mission), a compact and lightweight radar, which also uses the high-gain antenna and serves as a synthetic-aperture radar, a radar altimeter, a radiometer, the radio science subsystem (RSS), the visible channel portion VIMS-V of VIMS spectrometer. The VIMS infrared counterpart was provided by NASA, as well as Main Electronic Assembly, which includes electronic subassemblies provided by CNES of France. On April 16, 2008, NASA announced a two-year extension of the funding for ground operations of this mission, at which point it was renamed the Cassini Equinox Mission. The round of funding was again extended in February 2010 with the Cassini Solstice Mission.


Detailed problem statment can be downloaded from here


  • Format: The online report must be submitted in PDF formats only. Report must be submitted in English language. All other formats will automatically be rejected.
  • Page Limit: The report must not exceed 15 pages which include front page, index, appendix and bibliography. The size of font used for the writing the content should be 12-14.


  • Team Size: The maximum permissible number of members in a participating team is 2. However, they need not belong to the same institute/college/university.
  • Top teams will be selected and they will present their reports in NSSC’18 at IIT Kharagpur.
  • All teams must submit the digital version of their proposals latest by 15th sep 2018, along with the names and PI id’s of the participants and their complete details filled up in the team formation portal. Entries without the above details will not be accepted.
  • All entries have to be submitted to
  • However, the presentation for the final round will be in PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX) format (Please note carefully) and will be based on the problem statement released on the first day of NSSC 2018.
  • Top 3 teams will be awarded by Certificate of Excellence for the event.
  • Prize money worth 20,000 INR will be distributed to the winner teams.
  • The diagrams should be neat and clearly labeled and images must be given credit
  • You may draw your own labelled illustrations wherever required and embed paper work as images wherever necessary.
  • The plagiarism in content shall not be accepted and the entry shall be cancelled


  • The event consists of 100 points with report consisting of 35 points and presentation 65 points (if selected for final round).
  • The teams have to wrap up the presentation within the given limits. A warning bell shall be issued one minute before the end of proposed time.


  • Anirudh Agarwal

  • Srivatsan Senthil