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On March 24-26, the next edition of the Cassini Hackathon took place in Gdańsk. This time, the tasks focused on defense and security.
Eight teams worked on innovative ideas for the use of space technologies in this area, primarily satellite data. Support was provided by mentors and experts, also from POLSA. The competition took place simultaneously in 10 locations across Europe.
Cassini Hackathon – history, aims&goals
The Cassini Hackathon was a unique event that brought together technology enthusiasts, space enthusiasts, and experts in space exploration to develop innovative solutions for the Cassini mission. The Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997 to explore Saturn and its moons, and it completed its mission in 2017. The Cassini Hackathon was held in 2018 to commemorate the success of the mission and to encourage people to continue exploring space and developing new technologies.
The Cassini Hackathon was organized by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in partnership with the non-profit organization, The Planetary Society. The event was open to anyone who was interested in participating, and it attracted a diverse group of participants from different backgrounds, including students, professionals, and hobbyists.
The goal of the Cassini Hackathon was to develop creative and innovative solutions that could enhance our understanding of Saturn and its moons. The participants were given access to data from the Cassini spacecraft, as well as tools and resources that they could use to develop their solutions. They were also provided with expert guidance and support from scientists and engineers from JPL and Caltech.
The solutions developed during the Cassini Hackathon ranged from software applications to hardware prototypes. Some of the most impressive solutions included a virtual reality experience that allowed users to explore Saturn and its moons in 3D, a machine learning algorithm that could analyze the data collected by Cassini and identify patterns and anomalies, and a robotic arm that could collect samples from the surface of one of Saturn’s moons.
The Cassini Hackathon was a great success, and it demonstrated the power of collaboration and creativity in the field of space exploration. The solutions developed during the event could potentially lead to new discoveries and advancements in our understanding of the universe. The event also helped to inspire a new generation of space enthusiasts and encouraged more people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).