We live in an era where everything seems to be becoming very large, or very small. Growing excitement over the latter has fueled research into both how to make satellites smaller and how to make small satellite missions larger. But, satellites are only useful if they are in space, and getting them there has opened up a whole new niche that Firefly Aerospace intendeds to service.
NASA has announced its picks for the winners of the annual International Space Apps Challenge. Winners include a apps that track the spread of pollen to help commuters avoid the largest plumes, to holographic models of Earth and emergency shelter that can be quickly deployed to disaster zones.The judges have made their choices, but Noosphere would like to point out our favorite ideas that were not chosen. Here then is Noosphere’s picks for the best of the rest.
NASA Space Apps Challenge continues the tradition of giving a voice to anyone who has an idea worth spreading. The competition focuses not only on improving our understanding the cosmos and our place in it, but how this understanding can improve the everyday lives of humans here on Earth. Every year the focus changes and this year prizes were awarded to teams in six categories: best use of data, best use of hardware, best mission concept, galactic impact, most inspirational and, as always, the people’s choice award.