2010/Hacking Space Exploration
From creating remote-sensing CubeSats to analyzing aerogel: how the public is hacking into open source space exploration.
Speaker: Ariel Waldman
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Contributed notes(Add your notes here!) Ariel waldman digital anthropologist
1969 man on thE moon, first arpanet message
500 people have been in space, a few more have been on the Internet
"If you can't open it, you don't own it." Maker's bill of rights
The Harvard Computers were a grooup of women hired by an astronomer who came up with the star classification system.
What distinguishes a professional from an amateur?
Elevator 2010: trying to make a space elevator by the end of 2010
Modes of invading space: 1. Robots. Google lunar x prize. Building a lunar exploration robot
Team frednet is an open source team that needs help from everyone
Open Luna Foundation has a similar goal but is not a competition.
2. Galaxies Galaxy Zoo is a web interface where you can study space images and classify galaxies and possibly discover something new. You can fave galaxies. "no data monkeys". You get credit for anything you find. Built by six volunteers. "Green peas" galaxies were discovered by Galaxy Zoo users
Moon Zoo has 60 million images from LRO
Precursors: SETI@home was cool but had no human interaction. Stardust @home had 700,000 images of comet dust. Had more human interaction.
3. Satellites and small spacecraft
Tubesat kit. Interorbital will give you parts and launch for $8000 including launch. 2 to six month decaying orbit
Sedsat-2 is a university based program
Spaceduino $150 : styrofoam box for weather balloon payload. Good first step to get used to conditions
4. Open source Cool tools for visualizations
World wind by NASA
Celestia is another
Astrotagging: astrometry.net will tag photos
Makes amateur data searchable and interoperable with pro photos
More info on this and more at spacehack.org