With the coordinates of 12deg 58' N 77deg 34' E, home to some of the biggest IT, aerospace and biotech majors in India, Bangalore or Bengaluru, as it is called now, is one of the fastest growing Indian metros. Bangalore is India's "Rocket City" easily the aerospace hub of India with major public sector aerospace firms like the Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO), National Aerospace Laboratories(NAL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) being based in the heart of Bangalore.
Put together 9000+ people from 83 cities in 44 countries and the ISS,who were given 58 challenges which resulted in 770+ impressive solutions. That was what the largest hackathon in the world saw this weekend. To have brought this event to our city was a wonderful weekend experience. We saw people of many ages, from a 13-yr old hardware hero to coders & engineering undergrads who traveled a long way just to be part of this great collaborative event.
Rounding up a really BIG quarter with the GLXP team summit @Santiago, Chile - special thanks to our gracious host Team Angelicvm. Other than Astrobotic, most of the teams appear to be at a similar level of preparedness - happy to still have a shot at the big one :))
In addition to praying really hard, and asking everyone around us to do the same, we collected some of our trajectory simulations & animations to prep for the one really big meeting we have been waiting for a really really long time, these are folks @Antariksh Bhawan, BLR:)
A sneak peek at some simulated trajectories suggesting the feasibility of a direct ascent lunar transfer trajectory with an azimuth of 140 followed by a 70 hour cruise towards the moon, and then a direct descent manuver.
As we come closer to the Space Apps challenge, we'd like to share what we think are some of the most awesome space apps on the market currently. This week we take a look at some general space apps, from astronomy to satellite tracking. And we're slightly Android biased, please excuse that. :p
1. Google SkyMap
At a time when the whole world speaks of innovation, have we understood what innovation truly means. If necessity is the mother of invention, then failure must be the father of innovation . When an organization such as NASA introspected as to what innovation meant to them, they found that innovation arose from improvements in specific technologies but the real challenge lay in repeating them. In an industry such as aerospace where projects are executed on a string of definite management practices and guidelines, success is still uncertain.