Here are the global nominees for NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017 and they need your voting support!

We are very happy to anounce our two Space Apps Stuttgart 2017 winning projects Tunnel-God-Detector and Whata. And Whata needs your voting support for the People’s Choice Award of the world’s biggest global hackathon!

(go to the voting page daily, search for „Whata“, Click on „vote“ and hold it until it says „voted“, that’s it, thank you! 🙂 )

During last weekend’s NASA hackathon, those two teams worked on solving global problems under this year’s theme „Earh Observation“. They tackled two different challenges and came up with excellent open-source solutions utilizing space data and create something new to help people. They both earned the global nominations and we wish them good luck in the final round where they compete against more than 1000 projects created by 20,000 people.

Please consider voting for Whata starting from 8th until 21th of May because each daily vote counts! If you like, join their teams and work together on their open-source projects.

The Whata team worked on „Where’s the Water?“ to use satellite and other data to allow farmers, landowners, and land managers in your locale to identify and visualize water resources in their surroundings. They’d like to help people find reliable water sources. They came up with providing the means with low-cost, easy-to-fabricate sensors, open-data, and existing govermental data.

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NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017

For the fourth time, the NASA Space Apps hackathon weekend returns to Stuttgart! Sign up now to participate in the biggest hackathon event on this planet (29. & 30. April 2017). 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.

Space Apps Stuttgart 2017 Hackathon Weekend (29/30.04.2017):

  • start 29.04.2017 opening 11:00 CEST, launching event 13:00 CEST, coming later is okay
  • end 30.04.2017 18:00 CEST
  • in shackspace, Stuttgarter Hackerspace (Ulmer Str. 255, Stuttgart-Wangen)
  • next to subway station “Im Degen” (U4/9) (
  • no fees, (donations are welcome).
  • everybody is kindly invited to hack for space! Register on Meetup or

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Call for Google Summer of Code 2017! Student stipends of up to 6600 USD for open-source space coding (please Forward)

Again for the third time,[0] is proud to be selected as an official mentoring organization for the Summer of Code 2017 (GSOC) program run by Google[1].
And we are now looking for students to spend their summers coding on great open-source space software, getting paid up to 6600 USD by Google, releasing scientific papers about their projects and supporting the open-source space community.

Until 3. April 2017, students can apply for an hands on experience with applied space programs. As an umbrella organisation, and KSat-Stuttgart e.V. are offering you various coding ideas[2] to work on:

  • The Distributed Ground Station Network – global tracking and communication with small-satellites[2][4]
  • KSat-Stuttgart – the small satellite society at the Institute of Space Systems / University of Stuttgart[2]
  • or your very own proposal![2]

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Space … the final frontier … for our spaceballoon

Have you ever dreamt of going to space?! At least as a child you did.

Unfortunately we didn’t quite make it to space ~100km quite yet – but at >22km we (our balloon that is) have been higher than at least 99.99% of you out there. Commercial airplanes fly at 8.5km to 10.7km to give you something graspable to compare it to.

Ever since we saw the first footage of a camera attached to a weather balloon we became fascinated by the idea to take our own images. The visible curvature of our small sphere (speak: earth) floating through space captured was ever so inspiring. You don’t even need to spend a lot of money doing so.

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Spaceballoon, will finally travel! Update #1

(English News below)

Hi alle,

eine kleine Erinnerung:
wenn das Wetter gut sein wird, dann werden wir den spaceballoon am Samstag den 4. März vom Rotenberg in Stuttgart starten, Yeah!
Wir werden ab 09:00 Uhr dort sein. Wenn du beim Near-Space Start dabei sein willst und auch bei der Balloonjagd mitmachen willst, dann trage dich doch bitte kurz bei unserem Meetup ein >>

Wir freuen uns auf dich.


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Spaceballoon, will finally travel!

(English translation below)

Wir laden ein zum gemeinsamen Start Spaceballoon am 4. März 2017 (Sa) ab 09:00 Uhr auf dem Rotenberg in Stuttgart.

Die Projektziele:

  • Video der Erdkrümmung über Baden-Württemberg
  • Funkortungstest für das DGSN Projekt
  • Umgebungsdaten aufzeichnen
  • – dein Projekt –

Wenn du bereits eine “Nutzlast” hast, dann bringt diese zum Treffen am Integrationswochenende vor dem Start mit. Der Spaceballoon wird so zu deiner Plattform und nimmt dein Projekt mit auf seiner Reise. Falls du nicht live dabei sein kannst, verfolge den Ballon per Funk auf 869.525 MHz und hilf uns beim wiederfinden der gelandeten Nutzlast.

(Unser Vorbild: How to send a weather balloon into space -Brent Thomas)

Wir vergeben den Platz an Bord per “First come, first serve”. Melde dich mit deinem Projekt bitte im Vorfeld per Email (spaceballoon(at)
Zum entspannten Ausklang des Tages werden wir uns im shackspace treffen.

Sei dabei wenn der Spaceballoon startet und die Reise in den nahen Weltraum antritt.

Wir freuen uns auf euch!

Zum Event:

  • Start: 4. März 2017 (Sa), 09:00 – 12:00 mit anschließender Fuchsjagd
  • Abschluss: 4. März 2017 (Sa), 18:00 Führung und entspannter Ausklang im shack e.V.
  • Startplatz: Rotenberg Grillplatz, Karl-Münchinger-Weg 1, 70329 Stuttgart
  • GEO: 48.7844556N, 9.285263900000018O,
  • Jeder ist willkommen!

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SpaceUp Stuttgart 2016 is over and more than 100 participants had a great experience and making it Germany’s biggest space unconference!

Taking place in the perfectly matching Institute of Space Systems (IRS) on the Campus of the University of Stuttgart on a sunny Sunday the 17th of July, international participants with diverse backgrounds met to present their space projects or to discuss their opinions about space. For all participants, it was connected by the topic “Students meet Experts” and for 40 of them it was intended to be the introduction to a full week of hard work as participants of the “Space Station Design Workshop (SSDW)”. The IRS is hosting the annual SSDW to train teams of students and young professionals how to work together for a pre-phase0 study about a designing a possible International Space Station successor.

So the SpaceUp Stuttgart unconference was the kick-off event for the SSDW students who came from various places around the globe like South Africa, France, the USA, Denmark and many more countries. By mingling them with further professional and space-enthusiastic participants it created a great community spirit that also led to great talks.

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ESA SOCIS2016 ideas for

ESA Summer of Code in Space 2016 with and the Institute of Photogrammetry (IFP, University of Stuttgart)

This is’s common ideas page for the European Space Agency’s ESA Summer of Code in Space 2016. It’s an open-source coding campaign where students work on space related software for 3 months and are getting paid 4000€. How awesome is that?!

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 ESA SOCIS 2013, 2014 and 2015. 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 SOCIS Student!
– Be a SOCIS Mentor!
– Provide a SOCIS 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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SpaceUp Stuttgart 2016: Students meet Experts! (17.07.2016)

SpaceUp Stuttgart is back! (German news below)

SpaceUp is your unconference about everything space. It will return with the slogan „Students meet Experts“ to the Space Center Baden-Württemberg (Raumfahrtzentrum Baden-Württemberg) on the 17th of July 2016.

This time, SpaceUp Stuttgart will be the Kick-Off event for the “Space Station Design Workshop (SSDW)”! It is a great opportunity for the participants and all interested people to get together and share their opinions and get an insider’s video into research and industry work. The SSDW will bring an international and diverse touch to our unconference.

Due to the cooperation with the SSDW, we already have a line-up with lots of awesome presentations by researchers, industry insiders and of course by local student teams.

  • Prof. Reinhold Ewald (German ESA-astronaut)
  • Aerospace Lab e.V.
  • KSat e. V.
  • Hybrid Engine Development (HyEnD)
  • Sojus-Simulator
  • Debattierclub Stuttgart e.V.
  • your student team! your Bachelor/Master-thesis

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You’ve been selected as Space Apps 2016 Top 25 People’s Choice: – a growing community

Of the 161 People’s Choice nominations of NASA’s Space Apps Challenge this year, our Stuttgart’s project rose to the top. The NASA jury loved your „creative interpretation of the challenge“ and informed us about their nomintation.

Congratulations Team!!!!

The team worked hard during the 48h hackathon to create autonomous farming, through machine learning on basis on collaborative gaming for off-earth as well as on-earth applications.
For achieving this, they set-up a demonstrator green-house that will be used as the baseline farming hardware for our game.

Voting for the People’s Choice Top 25 semi-finalists will begin Monday, May 9th at 2 p.m. Eastern and will be open through Sunday, May 15th at 2 p.m. Eastern. At this time, Space Apps will take a break to verify the votes before moving forward with the Top 5 finalists, which will be open for votes the following week.

How Voting Works:

  1. Voting will take place on a special ballot page:
  2. The awards page will display the Leaderboard + all the other nominees:
  3. Citizens who already have an account on can vote. Others will need to sign up for an account.

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