Recently in the Hacker spaces Category


NASA Adminstrator Charles Bolden and Rep. Mike Honda recently toured the NASA Ames Research Center's Spaceshop.

"Interns at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are an extraordinary group. Their eyes brighten at the mention of an informative lecture, they eagerly ask questions as you pass by in the hallways, and they talk about their projects with unbounded enthusiasm. Could these high school and college students be the secret to infusing our workforce with renewed passion? Matthew Showalter, associate branch head in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch (AMB), at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Md., believes so. For several years he has utilized the unique talent and fresh thinking of interns from around the country to collaborate on a project he calls the Innovation Lab. When complete, the Innovation Lab will support Goddard research and development at low or no cost, while simultaneously recruiting the next generation of engineers and scientists for the center's workforce." More.

Tinkering With Tomorrow

New technologies are making it easier than ever to turn an idea into a reality. 3D printers, open-source software, hackable products, and collaborative communities have turned traditional tinkering into a full-scale "maker movement" that allows - and encourages - everyone to tap into their inner entrepreneur. Can this movement usher in a new age of innovation? Will hackers have a profound impact on the economy? And if so, are we prepared for it? Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:15pm - 5:00pm. More information.

Campus Party Silicon Valley Announcement

Hello Campuseros: As you know, the launch of the spacecraft Curiosity at Cape Canaveral has been delayed, and NASA cannot rule out another change of schedule. In light of this change, we are pushing back the launch of the website for Campus Party, the Silicon Valley Tech Festival. The release will now take place on December 1st at NASA's Ames facility, where Campus Party will be held. We will announce the winners of the #becampusero contest, where one winner and two friends will win an ell expenses paid trip to #cpsiliconvalley, in a live streaming of #geekvibrations.

There's still time to enter the contest! To participate:

1) Change your Twitter avatar using Twibbon: http://campuse.ro/becampusero

2) On December 1st, between 1pm and 5pm (local EST time Florida, USA. GMT -5) send a tweet that says "I want to go to #CPSiliconValley because I'm a campusero, are you? #becampusero www.campus-party.org"

The winner will get the two trips, and one "extra" for the person who reported the promotion. Therefore, if you help us by telling all your friends and encouraging them to participate, you will have many more chances to win. Hurry up and ask all your friends to put on the helmet and send a campusero tweet on the 1st. See you in Silicon Valley!

sp.ace at NASA JSC

"Welcome to "The Sp.ace". The Sp.ace is for people who are passionate about solving extraordinary problems. It's a space for people who envision a more open, participatory and collaborative space agency. It's a space that deserves the energy and creativity of those who inhabit it because it is adaptable, innovative and engaging. It's a space where challenging the normal rules of business is encouraged. It's a space where an electric current of innovation pulses through every activity, meeting, and conversation. Directions: The location is above the old Weightless Environment Training Facility (WETF) in Building 29. ..." More at open.nasa.gov

First hackerSPACE Workshop

Kris Kimmel of Kentucky Space is organizing the first hackerSPACE Workshop, which provides an opportunity for makers learn about building spacecraft from space professionals and engineers. The focus of the workshop is on the CubeSat satellite platform. The workshop is November 11-12 in Lexington, Kentucky. The workshop will be led by Bob Twiggs, Emeritus professor and former director of the Space Systems Development Lab at Stanford University, now professor at Morehead State University and also with Kentucky Space. Bob is credited with inventing the CubeSat spacecraft, which is now helping to revolutionize space, putting it within reach of more people than ever. More

NASA ARC Maker Camp

Event Date: August 4-5, 2011

Location: TBD/Virtual - Check website for details.

Audience: All welcome, especially students!

Web: http://open.nasa.gov/maker (NASA-only access)

Maker Camp is an effort stemming from the burgeoning NASA Forward group targeted at engaging the work force in fast, hyper-local projects that advance NASA's mission and vision. Based on the "Maker" culture, the concept is to gather interested individuals and go about creating something new. Several centers have already conducted their Maker Camps, focusing on 2 to 3 activities ranging from physical creations to process improvements.

Do you like to build, tinker and try new things? Do you wish some days that you could just get your hands dirty and create something? Maker Camp is an internal pilot project focused on creating a culture of experimentation by offering individuals the chance to collaborate on quick, innovative projects that are good for the center and the agency. JSC will connect remotely and work collaboratively with teams at ARC to see what we can do together in a short, focused period of time.

Breakfast and overview is at 9 a.m., and project pitches and group selection are at 10 a.m. on Thursday Aug. 4 in Building 29 the sp.ace (please see http://www.opennasa.com/space/ for directions). Projects will be presented/demoed on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. Watch http://open.nasa.gov/maker/ for live updates during the event.

Keith Cowing talks about the kind of hacks made famous by the Apollo 13 mission, instances where the crew had to improvise using materials at hand. He discusses the following: Skylab Rescue – the umbrella used to replace solar insulation and boating tools bought at a local marina; Syncom Rescue – tools made out of plastic and duct tape; Apollo 13 CO2 removal, use of LEM engine, etc.; Apollo lunar rover fender repair; STS-120 EVA solar panel repair, and ISS camera tracker made from a power tool.

On December 4 and 5, in over twenty locations around the world, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and The World Bank will host the third Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), their progressive initiative that brings together volunteer software developers and experts in disaster risk management for a weekend-long "hackathon" to create software solutions that can help mitigate or respond to disasters around the world and help save lives.

"We took 40 year old data tapes, tape drives that had been in a garage for 30 years, found elderly engineers, and reverse-engineered ancient technology to provide enhanced imagery from the five Lunar Orbiter missions in a fashion - and resolution - inconceivable at the time that the missions were conducted."

23 May Update from Keith and Dennis: If you were at our presentation today at Make Faire and are interested in this Titan 1 project please leave your information in the comment field below. We will save this information in order to be able to contact you - but we won't publish it online. Thanks!

Dennis Wingo from the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP), hosted at NASA Ames Research Center in the NASA Research Park, will be teaching a class at HackerDojo in 4 November 2009.

HackerDojo is located at 140 South Whisman Road in Mountain View, CA (Map) from 6 to 7:30 pm.

We hope to stream this presentation live.