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    ArduSat is the world’s first open Space network, offering everyday people a chance to interact with, and control a satellite for the purposes of running experiments, games, applications, or whatever other new and interesting applications can be dreamt up.

    ArduSat is equipped with roughly 15 sensors on board, including a camera, spectrometer and Geiger counter. It also has a number of Arduino Microprocessors onboard, which allow users to upload their own application, game or experiment and run it on the satellite.

    Crowdfunded by KickStarter, we want to break down the barrier between everyday citizens and space and get everyone truly involved and engaged in the exploration of Space, the Final Frontier.

    Make your mark by helping to build and develop the world’s first open Space network, a satellite platform where everyday explorers and creators all across the work have access to build, launch and test new and innovative applications or experiments in Space.  Push the envelope in nano-satellite camera technology usage, the architecture of onboard processing computers or write an smart-phone app for millions of people that pulls together data from NASA Satellites, ArduSats and the 100million+ iPhones/Android Phone all across the planet to deliver a vivid and powerful picture of the Sun’s turbulent storms’ influence on Earth’s transportation network, power grid and people.

    Challenge Description:

    We've built the road, now show us the destination. Extend the functionality of ArduSat - an open satellite platform offering on-demand access to Space, and built on the Arduino chip set. Engage people with ArduSat via an application that utilizes its camera, the development of a global weather dataset, or improve ArduSat's processing power.

    Be one of the first developers to make it something amazing. For instance, push the envelope—leverage the onboard camera, computing power, and data culled from NASA satellites and the 100 million+ iPhones/ Android phones in the world to showcase the influence of the Sun's turbulent storms on Earth's transportation network, power grids and people. The potential for creativity and innovation here is quite literally out of this world.

    This challenge has three options: science, software or hardware.

    Functional Specifications:

    Science Challenge: Hack and use the ArduSat camera (or an equivalent camera module) to create an Earth horizon sensor, a Sun sensor, or a star tracker.

    Software Challenge: Combine NASA Space Weather Data, ArduSat Space Weather Sensor Data and Earth-based sensor experiments and iPhones data into a global database, mapping how solar storms affect Earths magnetic field in space and on Earth.

    • NASA has space weather data online that the app should tap-into and prepare in a database for as usable a form as possible.
    • ArduSat has Magnetometers and Geiger-counters on-board and the app should get that data and combine into the database.
    • A simple Arduino Experiment with a Magnetometer shall be used to record changes in the Earths magnetic field. Individuals, groups and schools could run this simple experiment more or less ongoingly (similar to SETI) and record data on changes in the magnetic field and pipe it into a global database.
    • Last but not least, write an iPhone App that uses the magnetometer on the iPhone to record magnetic field data and also pipes it into the database.
    • Use all the information in the database to graphically display the changes of Earth’s magnetic field as they are induced by the Sun, are reflected in near Earth orbit and then on Earth. Maps could be simple heat-maps with different colors for the amount of change, there could be a map with all the locations that are piping in data into the database, leaderboards for who is providing the most data, etc

    Hardware Challenge: Build the next version of the ArduSat payload with dramatically enhanced processing power.

    • Level 1 – Use an Arduino Due/ Maple as main computer and Arduino mega as experiment nodes.
    • Level 2 - Use a Linux computer (BeagleBone/Raspberry Pi) as main computer and Arduino Due/Maple as experiment node.
    • Level 3 - Using a Linux computer (BeagleBone/Raspberry Pi) to emulate Arduinos


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