[SpaceProgram] Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge

Jerry Isdale isdale at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 11:20:39 CEST 2012

I just heard about this competition is open to High School students in USA and EU (separate tournaments).
Basically they are asking teams to program a sat that will match orbit+spin and dock with a tumbling bot.

"The Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge, sponsored by DARPA and NASA, and run by the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder, and Aurora Flight Sciences, is a programming tournament that opens the SPHERES satellite research platform to the general public for the first time. The goal of the tournament will be to develop an algorithm related to the recently announced DARPA Phoenix demonstration. The objective of this specific challenge is to write a computer program to control a satellite (called a “Tender”) to enable it to dock with a space object (or POD) that may be tumbling through space. The best algorithm submissions from simulation competitions will be tested in zero gravity on real SPHERES satellites aboard the International Space Station (ISS)."

Jerry Isdale
isdale at gmail.com
USA Director, SpaceGAMBIT
Global Alliance of Makers Building Interstellar Technology

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