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 -> http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QN6u_29e7yxw– 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, www.shackspace.de
  • 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!

„SpaceUp Stuttgart returns (Saturday, 29.Nov.2014, in Space Center Baden-Württemberg @Uni_Stuttgart)“ weiterlesen

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.

„Constellation Projects at Google Summer of Code and ESA Summer of Code in Space“ weiterlesen

Hackathon: International Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is your opportunity to build, create, and invent new solutions to challenges of global importance and shackspace is happy to announce that you can join this effort right here in Stuttgart, Germany. shackspace teamed up with AerospaceResearch.net to host a weekend long hackathon (shackspace wiki).

Among the many and still growing numbers of challenges there’s also a few thought up by our fellow colleagues of AerospaceResearch.net. Brightest Night’s aim is to build a network of webcams to measure the ever increasing amount of light pollution introduced by growing urban areas and the spread of civilization into the furthers reaches of formerly untouched nature. A fundamentally different question is posed by Tour of the Solar System which tries to determine if and how it would be possible to visit all the planets of our solar system with a simple Voyager class probe.
You’re free to post your own ideas or pick any idea you want and work on it.

„Hackathon: International Space Apps Challenge“ weiterlesen

Treffen: Constellation @ shackspace

shackspace lädt am Samstag den 24. September 2011 ab 15:00 Uhr alle Interessierten in seine Räume ein um in lockerer Runde über das Constellation Projekt zu diskutieren. Im Speziellen geht es um den Konzeptentwurf für eine verteilte Bodenstation zum Empfang von Satellitensignalen in Amateurfunkbändern.

Das Treffen wird geleitet von Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andreas Hornig welcher sich im Rahmen seiner Studien an der Universität Stuttgart eingehend mit dem Constellation Projekt beschäftigt.

Aus der Projektbeschreibung:
[…] Das Projekt „verteilte Bodenstation“ [soll ermöglichen] Daten von Satelliten zu empfangen und an den Rezipienten weiterzuleiten. Dazu soll ein weltweit verteiltes Antennennetzwerk aufgebaut werden, die über das Internet empfangene Signale zu einem zentralen Server schicken und von dort aus zu den Rezipienten. Die einzelnen Antennen stehen dabei bei Freiwilligen Helfern (Citizen Scientist) und Partnereinrichtungen (Universitäten, Institute, Firmen).
Ziel soll es sein eine günstige Hardwareplattform mit Antennen und Empfängern zum Anschluss an Heim-Computern und die dazu erforderliche Software zu erstellen, mit dem ein kostengünstiger Empfang möglich wird, und schwarze Empfangsflecken auf der Weltkarte zwischen den eigenen und gemieteten Empfangsstationen gefüllt wird. Es wird dabei Wert auf die Teilnahme von Freiwilligen und Amateurfunkern gelegt, die sich passiv beim Empfang als auch aktiv bei der Gestaltung des Projektes beteiligen können, um daraus ein Communityprojekt mit Open-Source Anwendungen zu gestalten.

„Treffen: Constellation @ shackspace“ weiterlesen