NASA Space Apps Challenge Stuttgart 2016 – registration is open

spaceapps_stgt_2016For the third time, the NASA Space Apps hackathon weekend returns to Stuttgart! Sign up now to participate in the biggest hackathon event on this planet (23. & 24. April 2016) . Stuttgart is one of the biggest and most important aerospace regions in Germany and we are very proud to grow and support the local space industry and startup scene with this open-source space event for everyone!

Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, we continue to grow each year. If you haven’t already, join us to share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems, on Earth and in space. Work alone or with a team to solve challenges that could help change the world. And everybody can help, diverse backgrounds (software developers, engineers, artists, journalists, hackers, makers,…) will provide unique solutions to global problems that nobody thought about before. Check back here to join Space Apps in the Stuttgart hackerspace shackspace.

The registration is open via and We will also have data bootcamps before the hackathon weekend. Meet other space enthusiasts there and start your space project early. We have a limited amount of places, so please be fast and register your slot today!

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DGLR Stuttgart Meetups: Dieses mal im Stuttgarter Hackerspace! (Mi. 03.02.2016 19:00 @ shackspace)

Die Stuttgart Gruppe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DGLR) trifft sich nun wieder und ihr seid herzlich eingeladen! Das monatliche Meetup der DGLR Bezirksgruppe Stuttgart, dieses mal im Stuttgarter Hackerspace shackspace.

Nach einem Jahr Pause startet die Bezirksgruppe mit regelmäßigen Meetups zum geselligen Austausch unter Luft- und Raumfahrtbegeisterten mit angepassten Konzept. Unser zweites Meetup findet statt…

• ab 19:00 Uhr
• im shackspace, Stuttgarter Hackerspace (Ulmer Str. 255, Stuttgart-Wangen)
• in Nähe der Haltestelle “im Degen” (U4/9) (
• Eintritt frei, (Spenden an shack e.V. sind gerne gesehen) Jeder ist willkommen!

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GSOC2016 ideas for

Google Summer of Code 2016 with and the Institute of Photogrammetry (IFP, University of Stuttgart)

This is’s common ideas page for Google Summer of Code 2016. Read everything, have fun, make space possible!


Constellation brings space to people by means of citizen science. We believe there is an open space for everybody…

„Space, is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space“ – Douglas Adams


We really enjoyed mentoring creative students during GSOC 2013 and 2014. We gain a lot and we learned a lot, so we want to share this experience again and support you! We collaborated with Cosmic Dust Group of the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart. With them, we achieved two new apps, we even supported the European Space Agency (ESA) and their Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment for Exploration (IMEX) project, we released several papers, simulated comets worth 10000 hours of computing power and discussed our findings with an Astronaut and experts. How cool is that? And we want you to be part of this again. So we are re-applying this year and give you three chances to be part of this coding family.

– Be a GSOC Student!
– Be a GSOC Mentor!
– Provide a GSOC Project!

We didn’t expect overwhelming reactions about our ideas and the great support by people also being a mentor. So we would like to expand the mentor and project scale here and please keep on applying for these important tasks.
There is space for everyone!

To give you an impression what we did last time, watch this…

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The NASA Space Apps Stuttgart 2015 Hackathon winner BigWhoop is a finalist for the NASA Global People's Choice Award!

The NASA Space Application Challenge 2015: one hackathon weekend, 133 cities around the world, 949 projects, and our BigWhoop project is among the final 15 for the global People’s Choice Award. Read on to learn what happened during the event at the Stuttgart hackerspace shackspace and then go on and vote for BigWhoop and make it win the award!

NASA’s Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration/hackathon organized on a global scale and held in all major cities worldwide, with a focus on finding solutions to challenges faced in space exploration and also to life on Earth.

The Winner of the Stuttgart chapter of Global NASA Space Apps Challenge is BigWhoop. BigWhoop addresses the “Open Source Air Traffic Tracking” Challenge. This challenge required the building of a tool that allowed users to select a particular flight and see its out-the-window or other views of the aircraft, and airspace. We decided to extend the scope of the project a bit. Our app was designed as a global sensor grid to measure the whole radio spectrum -thus making air traffic monitoring a subset of the solution. This free and community driven approach based on small and low-cost software defined radio devices earned the local team a global nomination for NASA’s People’s Choice Awards and will be competing to be among the final 15 out of 949 projects for global People’s Choice awards. And now you can vote for the Stuttgart Team as of 27 April.

Just visit this page and vote for our #BigWhoop app (once a day).


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Event: Early Kickoff for NASA Space Applications Challenge 2015

International space apps challengeshackspace is proud to support and host – a student team at the University of Stuttgart – in bringing back the NASA Space Applications Challenge (Space Apps) to Stuttgart.
This year the goal is have a bigger, better event as well as a small head-start to give us a better chance at winning one of the awards ;). And we are inviting you to become a part of it!

On Saturday the 28th of February at 18:00 o’clock you can join the Kickoff event, start a team early and get your ideas in (the actual Space Apps event will be held in April).
Also, if everything works out well, participants can get a paper on their project published at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2015.

The team is working on the Distributed Ground Station Network for tracking small satellites and it’s proof-of-concept project BigWhoop, a global sensor grid for radio spectrum monitoring with software defined radio. You can either join the team or work on any of the other projects.

We already hosted Space Apps in Stuttgart in 2012 and it was a great event for working on space projects within an interdisciplinary team as well as for networking.
So feel invited to be part of this great space event and the global space community!

For more information just visit the kickoff event (there’s a free case of Club Mate Cola!).
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shackspace empfängt Satellitensignale! | shackspace spots satellites

IMG_8212Update: English version below.

Es passierten auch Dinge im shackspace, als fast alle auf dem #CCCamp2015 waren.
So hat der shackspace nun vier Antennen für den Empfang von diversen Satellitensignalen auf dem Dach. Konkret geht es um Signale von Forschungssatelliten, Cubesats, Wettersatelliten und auch die Internationale Raumstation (ISS).

Mit dem nun angepflanzten Antennenwald möchten wir allen Interessierten zeigen, wie man Satellitensignale empfangen kann, was Satelliten senden und wie man seine eigenen Antennen bauen kann.

Interesse geweckt? Dann komme im shackspace vorbei! Ein RTL-SDR Empfänger („DVB USB Stick“), den man zum Empfang benötigt, gibt es vor Ort. Wer gar einen rad1o Badge auf dem CCCamp2015 ergattern konnte, der kann diese dort natürlich auch gleich testen.
Meldet euch einfach über unsere Constellation-Mailingliste.

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TYCHO paper now published in Acta Astronautica! [online / Volume 108]

So honored!
My TYCHO paper is now published in Acta Astronautica! I did that as my Diploma Thesis at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart and the paper was selected for Acta Astronautica during the International Astronautical Congress 2013 in Beijing.

It’s a concept study about a communication relays satellite in Earth-Moon Libration point (EML-4) as a permanent infrastructure. So something similar Elon Musk will need for his SpaceX and Google „space internet“ 😉

You can get it for free until March 5, 2015 ->– or here Volume 108, March–April 2015, Pages 156–170

Winter of Code-n-Glühwein 2015 – A GSOC/ESA-SOCIS meetup in Stuttgart, Germany

In 2013, we did a meetup called „Summer of BBQode“ in Stuttgart. It was meant to be for all, that couldn’t attend GSOC mentors‘ summit and present their projects, or just asking organizations who already took part in GSOC about it, or just talking with people! 🙂

We were asked on GSOC 2014 reunion to do that again, because those people liked it.
And now we do it again! This time with Google and ESA Summer of Code campaigns.

To sum it up:

  • 17. January 2015 (Saturday), start 15:00 hrs -> open end
  • location: Stuttgart hackerspace shackspace -> Ulmer Str. 255, 70327 Stuttgart,
  • guests: everyone! (but please put your name on this list so that we know we have enough chairs set up)
  • plan: you decide! present your GSOC 20XX projects, get first impressions to apply for GSOC2015, talk with people about space exploration and everything. Just a relaxed mingling…
  • This will be a combined event for Google and ESA Summer of Code, and Open Source in general.

Any questions? Ask here or me.
Tell your friends.

See you then. Will be cool to see some of you again and what projects you’re working on.


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!

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Constellation Projects at Google Summer of Code and ESA Summer of Code in Space

Small projects can be important for space exploration and taken serious by big names.
Google and ESA selected the participatory space group Constellation for their Summer of Code campaigns in 2013.
These campaigns support open-source projects by connecting students with organizations and financially supporting the students while coding.

If you’ve hung around shackspace for a bit you probably already know about Constellation and hgg. This summer Google and ESA decided to sponsor a few sub- and related projects in their respective Summer of Code program!


Constellation’s goal is to provide the creative environment for realization of different aerospace projects.
For instance one branch of the group offers a distributed super-computing platform for solving aerospace related numerical problems. The massive computing power is provided by volunteers donating their idle computing time at home by forming a virtual super-computer via the internet. For this citizen space science method we are using using the open-source software called BOINC (Berkeley Open Interface for Network Computing). Constellation is currently supported by 7000 volunteers providing 20000 host PCs to their computing grid.
With the Summer of Code campaigns Constellation wants to extend the involvement of students in aerospace research and provide computing power to their work.

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