UK space organisations are offering students a unique opportunity

Raspberry Pi helps students develop apps for space

UK space organisations have teamed up with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to encourage school children to build an app for use in space.

Two Raspberry Pi computers will be taken to the international Space during a six-month mission, and will be connected to a brand new ‘Astro Pi’ board, fitted with a number of sensors and gadgets.

The winning code will be loaded up to the computers whilst in orbit, set them running, gather data collected by the device and download it to Earth where it will be shared with the successful teams.

To assist students on their mission, five themes have been devised to encourage creativity as well as scientific thinking.

The themes include Spacecraft Sensors, Satellite Imaging, Space Measurements, Data Fusion and Space Radiation.

The two best entries will work with the Astro Pi team to make their ideas a reality, and code them ready for a flight on the ISS.

The competition opens at the BETT conference on January 21st 2015, with the deadline closing on April 3rd.

For more information visits the Astro Pi competition website.

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