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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SpaceAppsStuttgart2016: Interaktive Klimaforschung mit eoNetTambora

Die SpaceApps-Challenge der NASA ist ein 48-stündiger Wettbewerb, an dem Michael Kahle von der Physischen Geographie im shackspace Stuttgart in der Sparte „Earth Live“ teilgenommen hat. eoNetTambora ist dabei aus 1.200 Projekten unter die fünf Finalisten in der Kategorie „Best Use of Data“ gewählt worden. Durch die Synopse der in nahezu Echtzeit von der Nasa gelieferten Hazard-Daten mit Satellitenbildern erhalten Jahrhunderte alte Zeitungen, Tagebücher und anderes Quellenmaterial aus einen tagesaktuellen Bezug und ermöglichen die Erkundung regionaler und globaler Auswirkungen des Klimawandels.

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Call for ESA Summer of Code in Space 2016! ESA awards stipends of €4000 to selected students (please Forward)

The fourth year in a row,[0] is proud to be selected as an official mentoring organization for the Summer of Code in Space 2016 (SOCIS) program run by the European Space Agency (ESA).
And we are now looking for students to spend their summers coding on great space software, getting paid €4000 by ESA, releasing scientific papers about their projects and supporting the open-source space community.

Until 15 May 2016, students can apply for an hands on experience with applied space programs. With a project by the Institute for Photogrammetry (IFP) at the University of Stuttgart, we are offering you various coding work[1] on:

  • The Distributed Ground Station Network – global tracking and communication with small-satellites[2]
  • or your very own proposal!

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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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