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Call for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014! Google awards stipends of US$5500 to selected students Due to spamming, please reply to this thread on our ideas thread!
AerospaceResearch.net accepts applications for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code (GSOC) 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 US$5500 by Google for it!
For you students, the application period starts 10 March and will end 21 March. Prepare yourself and read our and all the other 190 organizations' ideas. And then come back to AerospaceResearch.net, 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 (supported by RadioPunks)
[DEOP-XX] Dynamical Evolution of Protoplanets
GSOC is an annual coding campaign, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5500) to selected students who work on free and open-source software projects for certain organizations during the summer. This year it is Google's 10th Summer of Code. It will be bigger and better! With this years 190 organizations, it tops last year's 177 open source projects and organizations who took part and mentored 1,192 students and their projects.
In general, GSOC is open for students aged 18 and older. It offers diverse projects ranging from software development for Wikipedia and Linux operating systems, to mobile platforms, 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. (some background information on Wikipedia)
On a private remark about GSOC 2013, AerospaceResearch.net was lucky to have been selected as an organization and mentoring three students. This was an "awesome and motivating" experience and we advise projects and students alike to visit GSOC 2014 website and apply!
You can find our information and ideas via https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org2/google/gsoc2014/aerospaceresearchnet.
During GSOC 2013, we mentored 3 students who coded open-source space application. So this is your chance to combine three things you like during summer: space, programming and money. Of course Google looks for talented programmers like you!
Being a mentor is inspiring because you support great students and great space projects. Mentors are also invited to Google HQ in Mountain View (paid flight) to the mentors summit and get a tour. This is rewarding in many ways to be part of such a great campaign!
You, as a mentor or student, 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 GSOC students. Here is your chance to find further helping hands.
GSOC is an annual coding campaign, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5,500) to selected students who work on free and open-source software projects for certain organizations during the summer. Last year, 177 open source projects and organizations took part and mentored 1,192 students and their projects.
GSOC is open for students aged 18 and older, the diverse projects range from software development for Wikipedia and Linux operating systems, to mobile platforms, to firmware and also academic work on basic algorithms, and people can mentor emerging developers during their three months of work and provide support and personal help. (some background information on Wikipedia)
On a private remark about GSOC 2013, AerospaceResearch.net was lucky to have been selected as an organization and mentoring three students. This was an "awesome and motivating" experience an we advice projects and students alike to visit GSOC 2014 website and apply! Deadline is 14. February 2014 for organizations, mentor and student applications will be open afterwards!
And shall we also try it again? Leave your opinion in the comment segment below!
We received some emails and so we applied again. So let's cross fingers! Here are our ideas.
Would you participate in a distributed sensor array? [poll inside] We humbly ask for your opinion if you would take part in a distributed sensor array and help science, if you have to buy the needed hardware for it.
After watching the video "Monitoring the Spectrum: Building Your Own Distributed RF Scanner Array" by Andrew Reiter [30c3], I really liked his idea and contacted him. I asked him if he thinks he could use Constellation for it and he was very positive about it. So now we both would like to know if YOU are also interested in it in particular and in sensor arrays in general. This will give us a small overview what we have to keep in mind during possible preparations.
Sensor arrays with BOINC are nothing new. For example there is Quake Catcher Network where you can be part by plugging small accelerometers to your PC and help detect nearby earth quake tremors. So in case we would ask you to help in a similar science objectives, what do you do? To give you an idea, watch the bottom linked video! :)
Thank your for taking your time and vote. And please tell your friends and share the vote! :)
Andreas and Andrew7 Jan 2014, 22:27:36 UTC
My Participation at the SpaceGeneration Congress and at the 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013 in Beijing Three current projects, which are conducted during my university research or as part of my volunteering work were selected as presentations during the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2013) in Beijing. The IAC is the most important, annual space congress organized by the International Astronautical Federation together with the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law. These papers deal about "TYCHO" diploma thesis at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart, about our "Distributed Groundstation Network (DGSN)" project as part of my young academic group Constellation at the University of Stuttgart and about our experiences "SpaceUp unconferences" at the IRS and other cities. Immediately before the IAC, the SpaceGeneration Congress (SGC) by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) takes place. The SGC is gathering aimed for students and young professionals and it offers workshops and discussions between participants and experts about space exploration, space law and further topics. I was eager to also attend SGC because my diploma thesis TYCHO was the winning concept for the OHB and SGAC Scholarship of SGC 2011.
At the evening of 18.09, the SGC congress programme started with the delegates' dinner in a traditional Chinese hotpot restaurant. where we participants were able to get to know each other us well as the Chinese culture. With the of the SGC on 19.09 our "Agency Working Group" stared working for three days on a novel concept about the topic "One day without Space Communication". The results were a short and a long term campaign for the general public as the target group. The first result is a cost efficient t-shirt logo campaign which displays the "Evolution of Satellite Communication". The second result encompasses a mobile game for smart phones and tablets, in which the gamer's task is to play the disaster control manager in the broadest sense of Sim City. The gamer has to deal with the consequences of the collapse of satellite communication (such as broadcast, navigation, internet) and find solutions how to repair the infrastructure. During the closing meeting on the 21.09, all working groups presented their results and recommendations were given to several target organizations of each working group.
On Sunday 22.09, I participated during the "The Role of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Earth Observation in Disaster Management" workshop, an extra workshop organized by the YGNSS group of SGAC. During the workshop different application of GNSS and their benefits to disaster management were presented and we were taught in working with the ArcGIS software. The workshop expanded my knowledge, which I can well apply to our DGSN project.
IAC 2013 opened 23.09 and it opened with a breath-taking opening ceremony. Afterwards, I attended the first plenary sessions (Head of Agencies) and technical talks. I waited to especially see the first sessions during which I supposed to get information about the plans and objectives of the different space agencies. China as the host presented their achievements in space of the last years and the Chinese space agency CNSA implied future plans.
I presented the paper derived from my diploma thesis TYCHO und the title of "TYCHO: demonstrator and operational satellite mission to Earth-Moon-libration point EML-4 for communication relay provision as a service" on 25.09. The reactions and following discussions based on my paper and presentation were very positive. The constructive criticism confirmed me, that I selected the right topic with zeitgeist as my research study. A person from Shackleton Energy asked about the data-rate of my communication satellite to see if such a relay satellite could support their automated water mining on the lunar surface. My 3D transfer animation received nice comments by a participant of the University of the Armed Forces Germany and he briefly explained a similar mission they are working on. A special honor for me is the selection of my paper among all papers of the SYMPOSIUM ON BUILDING BLOCKS FOR FUTURE SPACE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT for a peer-review of Acta Astronautica. This would not have been possible without my participation on location!
On 27.09, I presented two papers about "SpaceUp unconferences: a 21st century global approach to space outreachÔÇŁ and about "Distributed Ground Station Network - a global system for tracking and communication with small satellites as an open service" (DGSN). The SpaceUp presentation sparked a constructive discussion about the classification of unconferences with respect to other unconventional outreach methods like "Science Slams". Our purpose was to present our unconference and to get reactions like this from the scientific community. I really enjoyed presenting the advantages and how we dealt with the disadvantages of them. An additional highlight was that two organizations are interested in bringing a SpaceUp to their cities and asked for support. And we are really glad to provide help!
As the final paper I presented our DGSN project. I was really excited about the content of the presentation "The ITU Radio Regulations - challenges for small satellites" By Mr. Matas (International Telecommunications Union, ITU), which he presented before me during the Small Satellite Operations Session. He described the challenges of frequency bands allocation for small satellites and explained why several previous projects about connecting ground stations via the internet and offer them to remote operators are stepping into the legal grey area. I picked up this topic and explained on his explanations how our concept works. I explained how we do not bend or break ITU regulations, but how we conform to their requirements. During my presentation the absolute necessity of such a grid and service was explained with experiences of the VERDE satellite, which was designed as part of the Small Satellite Project at the IRS. The presentation gained a public reaction by Mr. Matas, that his presentation was the best presentation during this day's session. He also said that the concept of internet connected ground station would be the first that could work and is conform with respect to ITU regulations. The paper created interest by people from George Washington University (they wanted to forward it to friends at NASA) and the University of W├╝rzburg. Additionally to the reactions about the infrastructure, several small and cube satellite groups expressed interest in using DGSN for tracking and communication with their satellites. You find our paper here on Slideshare.
During the days between my presentations I attended further sessions and discussions offered by IAC as well as cultural and social events in Beijing. The rich culture of the city and the country, the really delicious food, and mainly the Chinese hospitality was a personal gain I do not want to miss. I could just have achieved this by visiting Beijing and get a hands on experience.
All in all I provided my share to represent the young generation of space engineers, the academia of the University of Stuttgart and the project and research done by our groups during the most important international space congress. I am really thankful to have had this opportunity and it was made possible by a part scholarship by SGAC and the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). If you want to know more just post your questions in this thread. This only gives you a rough overview of two weeks. You can also even support us attending such conferences or our projects by generously donating. You can watch all our Beijing videos here on Youtube. Thank you in advance,