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Nasa Launches Next Space Apps Challenge

By InformationWeek

April 19, 2013

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The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has scheduled its second International Space Apps Challenge for April 20 and April 21. The contest will present 50 challenges to developers from around the world, created by NASA and 150 partners, including the European Space Agency, TechShop, and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Participants will be placed on teams to develop apps for space exploration missions. For example, as part of the Hitch a Ride to Mars challenge, teams will design a CubeSat, a small research satellite that produces its own power and transmits signals, for an upcoming Mars mission.

About 2,000 developers, designers, and scientists from 17 countries participated in last year's event. They developed more than 100 unique solutions, including the Predict the Sky and Planet Hopper apps and the preliminary design for a NASA Open Data application programming interface.

"All solutions were developed in a completely open source environment, and each have their own unique potential to go even further to address world and space technology challenges," says NASA's Nick Skytland.

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