[SpaceProgram] Call for Google Summer of Code 2018! Student stipends of up to 6600 USD for open-source space coding (please forward)

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Fri Feb 23 19:02:23 CET 2018

Call for Google Summer of Code 2018! Student stipends of up to 6600 USD for
open-source space coding (please forward)
More infos >> https://goo.gl/EHNW3H

Again for the 4th time, AerospaceResearch.net[0] is proud to be selected as
an official mentoring organization for the Summer of Code 2018 (GSOC)
program run by Google[1].
And we are now looking for students to spend their summers coding on great
open-source space software, getting paid up to 6600 USD by Google,
releasing scientific papers about their projects and supporting the
open-source space community.

Until 27. March 2018, students can apply for an hands on experience with
applied space programs. As an umbrella organisation, AerospaceResearch.net
and KSat-Stuttgart e.V. are offering you various coding ideas[2] to work on:

* The Distributed Ground Station Network – global tracking and
communication with small-satellites[2][4]
* KSat-Stuttgart – the small satellite society at the Institute of Space
Systems / University of Stuttgart[2]
* or your very own proposal![2]

If you are a student, take your giant leap into the space community,
realizing your very own space software, and the chance to be recognized by
Google headhunters.

If you are professor, feel free to propose this great opportunity to your
students or even have your projects being coded and realized!

During the last years, we mentored more than 28 students during Summer of
Code campaigns[6] and now, we achieved several great things together. We
have released several papers. We spent computing power worth 60,000 PCs to
those students projects, even helping their bachelor theses, and indirectly
supporting the IMEX program[5] by the European Space Agency(ESA). And as a
surprise and an honor for us, we had been on plenary stage with Canadian
astronaut Chris Hadfield to promote those projects during the International
Astronautical Congress 2014 in Toronto.

We want to repeat that success, and now it’s your turn to be active in
open-source space!

Apply today, find all projects on the GSOC webpage![1]
We are waiting for you,

Andreas Hornig, Head of Platform

[0] http://aerospaceresearch.net/?page_id=612
[1] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com
[2] http://aerospaceresearch.net/?page_id=202#codingideas
[3] http://ksat-stuttgart.de
[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC4Ls3AGHf4
[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY0vjbBp4eg

Feel free to forward this email to whomever you think it may concern!

### More Information ###

# About Google Summer of Code (GSOC)[1]:
Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students
to open source software development. Students work on a 3 month programming
project with an open source organization during their break from university.
Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together 12,000+
student participants and 11,000 mentors from over 127 countries worldwide.
Google Summer of Code has produced 30,000,000+ lines of code for 568 open
source organizations.
As a part of Google Summer of Code, student participants are paired with a
mentor from the participating organizations, gaining exposure to real-world
software development and techniques. Students have the opportunity to spend
the break between their school semesters earning a stipend while working in
areas related to their interests.
In turn, the participating organizations are able to identify and bring in
new developers who implement new features and hopefully continue to
contribute to open source even after the program is over. Most importantly,
more code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

# About AerospaceResearch.net[0]:
We are a DGLR young academics group at the University of Stuttgart for
aerospace related simulations applying distributed computing. Our global
citizen scientists community of 15,000 users are donating their idle
computing time of 60,000 computers and forming a virtual super computer
connected via the Internet. And this massive network is used for solving
difficult space numerics or for sensor applications. We are bringing space
down to Earth and supporting the space community from students to

# Distributed Ground Station Network [DGSN]:
The Distributed Ground Station Network is a system for tracking and
communication with small satellites and other aerial vehicles. The concept
includes a global network of small and cheap ground stations that track
beacon signals sent by the satellite, plane or balloon. The ground stations
are located at ordinary people at home, so called citizen scientists, and
are connected via the Internet. A broadcasted beacon signal is received by
at least 5 stations and can be used then for trilateration to obtain the
position of the signal’s origin. For this each ground station correlates
the received signal with the precise reception time, which is globally
provided and synchronized by GPS. This shall help small satellite provider
and even Google’s Loon project to be able to track their vehicles fast,
globally and simple!
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