Over the weekend of Space App Challenge 2014, some 671 space projects were born to answer 54 challenges over 95 locations - that is without counting the 75 virtual project's physical location! Wow. The 54 challenges were in 5 themes: Technology in Space, Human Space Flight, Asteroids, Earth Watch and Robotics.
It sure was hard to pick a challenge to do out of the many, but when the clock strike 9 in the UK, Exoskn - an open source space suit project was born in the virtual location to answer to Kennedy Space Center's space wearable challenge, alongside 28 more projects across the world. It was one of the 75 virtual projects that got nominated for global judging but that wasn't the end. It's now making an open call for participants, looking to expand and keep moving forward with wearable electronic tinkerers, fashion designers, material scientist... name your role and skills!
Here is where it got to after 36 hours (excuse the speaker, she hasn't really got any clear mind to speak by then...) :
exoskn from Citizen Inventor on Vimeo.
Over the Inventorthon weekend, H2Go was born. Yep, some citizen inventors mixed in with rocket engineer Nadeem from Pocket Spacecraft and Alex from Space Gambit had great fun with having a go at building steam altitude control for cubesat! We've disassembled pens, kettle, soldering iron etc - for inspiration...
Over 36 hours or so, we've rapidly prototyped to Mark 8 (we had 7b - minor versions too!) and we got steam at the end of it - oh yea! (and lots of melted parts)
What next? Stay tuned! Are you doing anything similar? Any experience with similar technologies? Do you know things about resistojets?
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