Citizen Astronaut and Space Hacker Workshop
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM (PDT)
Mountain View, CA
Join us May 4-5 and learn how you or your experiment can be onboard.
The Silicon Valley's first ever space hacker workshop will provide hands-on exposure to a variety of microcontrollers, sensors, imaging systems, and other components that you can use to design and build microgravity, fluid-physics, life-science, and engineering experiments and instruments with more power than a NASA satellite from a few years back.
A key aspect of the workshop will feature hands-on training with Arduino technologies and the Ardulab modules from Infinity Aerospace. Co-founders Manu Sharma and Brian Reiger will lead the training work software and hardware examples for microgravity experiments on the XCOR Lynx vehicle.
Current Student can use the discount code "studentinspace" and must present a valid student ID at registration on Saturday 5/4.
Topics and Speakers
Entrepreneurial spaceflight start-ups
Sean Casey, Silicon Valley Space Center
Citizen astronauts, flight selection and training
Edward Wright, Citizen Science
The XCOR Lynx vehicle
Khaki Rodway, XCOR
Microgravity and biological experiments
Oana Marcu, Carl Sagan Center/SETI Institute
Protein crystal growth in a micro-gravity environment
Jim Kerevala, Shackelton Energy
Jason Dunn, MadeInSpace
Open Sourcing Space Technologies
Darlene Damm, Open Space University
Jason Reimuller, Astronauts4Hire
New Space and Synthetic Biology
John Cumbers, USRA
Additional speakers are expected from the hacker, tech shop, and biocurious community. A portion of the workshop will follow the "unconference" format, which gives meeting participants the chance to speak about their research and hardware interests aboard microgravity programs.
Laptops are suggested. Wifi is provided by the Hacker Dojo.Registration is limited and includes coffee, snacks, and lunch both days.Silicon Valley Space Center will host happy hour at Hacker Dojo on Saturday.
When & Where
The Silicon Valley Space Center
Silicon Valley Space Center provides business acceleration, strategic direction and angel level funding for startup companies within the growing NewSpace industry in Silicon Valley. We assist start-up and early-stage companies with the commercialization of their innovative products or services. We regularly host events and workshops to bring together the vast array of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and investors who share a passion for shaping the future of space exploration.