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SpaceUp Stuttgart returns (Saturday, 29.Nov.2014, in Space Center Baden-Württemberg @Uni_Stuttgart)
The event "SpaceUp Stuttgart" returns!

After its two year break this year's "SpaceUp Stuttgart" will (again) take place in the Space Center Baden-Württemberg at the University of Stuttgart. After the brilliant, very successful (german) premiere 2012 we want to bring it back to Stuttgart - on Saturday, November 29, 2014 - and we need your support to make that happen.

Be there when we discuss current space issues! SpaceUp is your unconference, you are not only spectators but active participants! And you can influence the whole unconference by your creative contribution.

SpaceUp Stuttgart - your space unconference
When: Saturday, 11/29/2014 11:00 am to 18:00 pm
Where: Institute of Space Systems (IRS) in the Space Center Baden-Württemberg (RZBW)
Pfaffenwaldring 29, 70569 Stuttgart
Free admission!

In addition to rocket scientists and astronauts, all space-enthusiasts are warmly welcome! Talk about your diploma, master or bachelor thesis, on the activities of your student research group or any other personal space theme of your choice.

Register now to secure your slot. There is only a limited number for participants.
More info at:

Your organization team of SpaceUp Stuttgart
Marcel Frommelt, Julian Herzog, Ferdinand Hertel and Sven Buchfelner

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16 Nov 2014, 14:42:00 UTC · Comment

Comet Trails: Esa Rosetta and Comet Trails
Hi everyone,

this is a brief news for now, it will be expanded later.

Today, the ESA Rosetta mission will approach its destination at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It is an extraordinaire achievement and we want to celebrate this is a special way.
We thought, it would be great to have all of us somehow related to this event, so we made you calculate the dust streams of Churyumov–Gerasimenko during the last runs of our Comet Trails app and animate it.

Here you go... click the image for the youtube video

6 Aug 2014, 4:29:01 UTC · Comment

Call for mentors and students for ESA Summer of Code in Space 2014! ESA awards stipends of €4000 to selected students (please forward!) is proud to announce to be selected for the Summer of Code in Space 2014 (SOCIS) program run by the European Space Agency (ESA).
SOCIS "aims at offering student developers stipends to write code for various space-related open source software projects. Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers."[0]

As an official SOCIS mentoring organization,[0] accepts applications for mentors and students for ESA SOCIS 2014, now! As a mentor, you can realize your space software, and as a student you are coding it during the summer and are paid €4000 by the European Space Agency for it!

For you students, the application period starts now and will end 15/05/2014. Prepare yourself and read our and all the other 20 organizations' ideas. And then come back to, because we have the most awesome coding ideas for your. They are all space applications! Here is a brief overview:

[SSGT-XX] Solar System Grand Tour (continuation of last year's GSOC project)
[DGSN-XX] Distributed Ground Station Network
[COMT-XX] Comet Trails (supported by Institute of Space Systems, Stuttgart University)
[SNET-XX] Sensor Networks for global satellite reception with SDRs and GNSS performance measurements (supported by RadioPunks)
[DEOP-XX] Dynamical Evolution of Protoplanets
[XXXX-XX] YOUR IDEA! Propose it today!

The application period for mentors is open and you can apply via [1]. So be creative and propose your idea and be a trustworthy mentor to a young and creative mind!

This year it is ESA's 3rd Summer of Code in Space. SOCIS is open for students aged 18 and older[0]. It offers diverse projects ranging from software development for Mission Control Software, to Graphical User Interfaces, to firmware and also academic work on basic algorithms. People can also mentor emerging developers during their three months of work and provide support and personal help.

On a private remark about last year's SOCIS, was lucky to have been selected as an organization and mentoring one student. Together with SOCIS spiritual brother, the Google Summer of Code, we want to repeat last year's success in this combined teamwork and even provide an even bigger experience for the selected student(s) and building a important software supporting the space community.
So this is your chance again to combine three things you like during summer: space, programming and money. Of course ESA looks for talented programmers like you! Take this as a good networking chance.

Even if you choose to take the mentor role for the student(s), it will be inspiring because you support great students and great space projects. You, as a mentor, can propose and let your space project ideas be realized! So if you have coding ideas for your project, you can propose them to us and we will announce them on our ideas page to the coding SOCIS students. Here is your chance to find further helping hands in your project's team. has open space for everyone.
We are looking for your contact and application!

[0] SOCIS page:
[1] Our ideas page:
4 May 2014, 13:11:45 UTC · Comment

Exactly 1week to "Space Race - Yuri's Night 2014: Hunting Comets!" team challenge on BoincStats
Hello everyone,

in exactly one week the "Space Race - Yuri's Night 2014: Hunting Comets!" team challenge on BoincStats will start. The challenge will support our Comet Trails simulation by the Dust Team of the Insitute of Space Systems (IRS) at University of Stuttgart. Comet Trails is their project for the Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment for eXploration (IMEX) initiative by the European Space Agency (ESA).

There are already 14 teams in for for the Yuri's Night challenge and we hope to see more of you participating there. So go to BoincStats, register your team and then join the fun April 11th at 12:00 UTC.

This is our annual team challenge to honor Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, and our own birthday. Be there, have fun, celebrate!
4 Apr 2014, 12:23:02 UTC · Comment

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