Are you a hardware hacker? Do you have the Right Stuff to become a citizen scientist or citizen astronaut? Here's your chance to find out.
Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has purchased 10 flights on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which are being made available to the citizen-science community. We are seeking 100 citizen-science experiments and 10 citizen astronauts to fly as payload operators.
Join us on July 20-21 to learn how you or your experiment can be onboard.
We'll meet at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to learn how to do space on the cheap. With components available at Radio Shack or Fry's Electronics, citizen scientists can build instruments and experiments with more power than a NASA satellite from a few years back.
The Space Hacker Workshop will provide hands-on exposure to a variety of microcontrollers, microprocessors, sensors, imaging systems, and other components with which you can design and build microgravity, fluid-physics, life-science, and engineering experiments. Each paid attendee will receive a free Arduino microcontroller to take home after the workshop, and lunch will be provided.
A representative of XCOR Aerospace, which is building the fully reusable Lynx spacecraft, will be on hand to answer your questions. Researchers from NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and other organizations will share their technical knowledge.
Citizen astronauts and program managers from Citizens in Space will be on hand to discuss the citizen-astronaut training program.
Quotes from previous workshops
"Like space camp for adults. Hopefully, no children will burst in and take our toys away!" – Col. Yvonne Cagle (USAF, ret.), M.D., NASA astronaut
"At first, the people, like the building, didn't offer many hints of what the future might look like. They came from all walks of life: young, old, students, businesspeople, men and women. Then they started talking." – Dr. Kiki Sanford, Discover Magazine
"Space is no longer the exclusive domain of NASA and elite universities." – Dr. Sean Casey, Silicon Valley Space Center
"These are the makers of space. This event is about making and doing, rather than talking and talking." – participant
"If you want to go into space, do something that has merit. It is fair and square, and open to any braniac." – via LinkedIn
The United States Rocket Academy is a non-profit scientific and educational organization that studies and promotes the use of human spaceflight for scientific, commercial, and military applications.