Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • This year's Baltimore/Washington SpaceApps Challenge will be held at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center (K-Center).

    APL Hosts Baltimore/Washington D.C. Space Apps Challenge:

    Saturday, April 12
    9:00 a.m. Registration
    10:00 a.m. Presentation and Q&A with Astronaut Donald Thomas
    11:00 a.m. Schedule and logistics announcements
    11:15 a.m. Subject Matter Expert briefing
    11:30 a.m. Begin developing
    12:30 p.m. Lunch break/Google+ Hangout with astronauts
    1:30 p.m. Developing continued
    4:30 p.m. Progress briefing
    6:30 p.m. Dinner break
    8:00 p.m. More developing

    Sunday, April 13
    10:00 a.m. Logistics briefing & updates
    10:15 a.m. Begin developing
    12:00 p.m. Submission Deadline
    12:00 p.m. Lunch break
    1:30 p.m. Presentations
    3:00 p.m. Judges Voting
    3:30 p.m. Awards

    Subject Matter Experts
    Subject matter experts will give a few opening remarks about their challenges, and be available during the event to assist teams working on their challenges.
    Ryan Boller (NASA) - Data Visualization Lead for the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project
    Matt Cechini (NASA) - Principal systems engineer on the NASA Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) project

    Ethan McMahon (NASA) - project manager for Space Apps.
    Ethan has been at the Environmental Protection Agency for 19 years and is on a one year detail to NASA to run Space Apps and work on Earth Data. While at EPA, he ran the Apps for the Environment Challenge, created the Data Finder and My Green Apps websites, developed EPA's Information Access Strategy,  and led the development of the 2008 Report on the Environment Highlights Document [PDF]. he strongly believes that open data and engagement with customers is critical to changing behavior to be more productive and less impactful on the environment.
    Vignesh Ramachandran (APL) - AIAA Mid-Atlantic Member
    Kristine Collins (APL) - AIAA Mid-Atlantic Member
    Robin Vaughan (APL) AIAA Mid-Atlantic Member, Guidance and Control Lead on Solar Probe Plus

    Projects Nominated for Global Judging

    Best Use of Data


    Most Inspiring

    Orion 13 Asteroid Prospector

    People's choice

    Orion 13 Asteroid Prospector

    Projects Receiving Local Awards

    First Place Adults, Most Progress in a Weekend - GravityApp
    Second Place Students (Mission Concept) - Asteroid Explorer
    First Place Students, AIAA Mid-Atlantic Special Recognition - Orion 13 Asteroid Prospector


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  • The following projects were worked on at Baltimore/Washington:

    • Experiments at the International Space Station, engaging the General Public & Small Businesses

      Project Members from this location
      • Martin Cadirola

      In my 15+ years experience from working at NASA as an independent contractor I have learned quite a lot about the organization´s culture and my area of expertise. I´m now increasingly interested in experiments taking place at the International Space Station for two main reasons. One, to show m... Visit Project

    • Fold Your Own Universe

      Project Members from this location
      • Mark Neyrinck
      • Martin Cadirola

      Initially, the project will entail a simple slider which controls the amount of structure that forms from a fixed initial field. It will ideally display translucent "origami paper" stretched across a mesh, enabling the user to go back and forth from folded to unfolded states.

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    • Interstellar Distributed File System

      Project Members from this location
      • Andrew Williams

      The goal of this project is to develop a distributed file system suitable for use in unreliable network environments, such as in space. Code running on each node of the network (space stations, satellites, rovers, etc.) manages the sending/receiving of data via Delay-Tolerant Network (DTN) pr... Visit Project

    • Asteroid Explorer

      Project Members from this location
      • Joshua Hu

      My project aims to achieve how scientists can make use of new materiel's for mankind. This will be achieved by making a spacecraft that is carrying 2 smaller probes that will dig into an asteroid and study the properties of the rock and/or metals.

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    • GravityApp

      Project Members from this location
      • Lauren Herda
      • Christopher Polito

      Depending on where you are on Earth, the acceleration due to gravity differs from the SI constant of 9.80665 m/s2. These fluctuations in gravity are due to both the geology and altitude at that location.

      NASA's GRACE and GOCE missions use satellites to provide a precise description of ... Visit Project

    • Orion 13 Asteroid Prospector

      Project Members from this location
      • Riddhi Bhave
      • Jesse Silverberg
      • Siddhi Bhave

      This asteroid game educates users about resources available to us outside of planet Earth. This is an opportunity to explore and learn about the composition of asteroids and use that information to our benefit, so we are not using up Earth’s resources. Throughout the game, the player is infor... Visit Project

    • Robot Kitty

      Project Members from this location
      • Chris Krupiarz

      A robot using spare parts from a Zhu Zhu pet, a toy kitty, and other scraps.

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