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SSTL sponsors global space brainstorm

Tomorrow, space enthusiasts across the world will get together to try and work out solutions and applications that space technology can provide for mankind. In case you hadn’t already guessed, we’re talking about NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, a 2 day codeathon-style extravaganza aimed at promoting open source development and partnership. Events will take place across all 7 continents, and even in space on the International Space Station. It will give the world’s best engineers, designers and developers a chance to solve some of the world’s greatest problems using freely available open data. Whereas yesterday’s space industry was geared towards trumping the competition with superior technology, today’s space race is to find the new and novel ways to apply this technology to improve life on Earth. Whether it’s international cooperation for disaster management, building experimental nanosats, or trialling the latest commercial technologies in space "“ collaborating on new innovations and new approaches in space is something SSTL are delighted to support. It’s for this reason that SSTL are sponsoring the Space Apps events in Exeter and Oxford. Sir Martin Sweeting, Chairman of SSTL said: "We are pleased to support this event as access to space has become universal, and at the same time the application of data from space has become ingrained in our daily lives. Projects like our STRaND-1 collaboration with the University of Surrey, and the UK’s TechDemoSat-1 allow us to explore new ideas and technologies that are the catalyst for tomorrow’s space applications." Challenges highlighted in the event include "˜The Pineapple Project’ - a task to use climate data to help agricultural planning, and "˜#HazardMap’ that would take advantage of the immediacy of citizen journalism and social media for disaster management and emergency response. And ask yourself this: What would you do if you wanted to repair the International Space Station without the cost of sending up parts? Well, another challenge addresses just that, proposing the possibility of using a 3D printer in space to make new parts to order! These are just a couple in the broad range of applications for space data that the event, will explore.





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