European Astro Pi Challenge: Phase 2 update
On 25 November 2016, ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet kicked off Phase 2 of the European Astro Pi Challenge by assigning a primary and a secondary mission to the selected teams. It’s now time for an update!
Teams are now starting to explore their Astro Pi Kit and design the investigations that will accomplish their assigned missions.
Below, teams will find the information they need to help them compile and submit their application by the 28 February deadline.
Mission Report Template
You will need to describe your missions, including the expected results, by filling out this template.
The reports must be submitted in English, except for the French and Portuguese teams that can submit their entries in their national language.
- If you are a team from France, please go to the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) webpage to download the report template in French.
- If you are a team from Portugal, please go to the ESERO Portugal webpage to download the report template in Portuguese.
Please note that only entries that use the mission report template to describe their missions will be accepted.
How to submit your application
- If you are a team from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, go to the Astro Pi website. A Submit Entry link at the top of the page will be available on 27 January 2017. In this section you will find a form to which you will upload the following documents:
- Mission report template (in English)
- Code and any supporting files
- If you are a team from France, you should submit your application through the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), in French, at this link.
- If you are a team from Portugal, you should submit your application through ESERO Portugal in Portuguese.
You can choose to write one single computer code to attempt achieving both missions, or two different codes, one for each mission. The amount of time available to each team to run the codes cannot exceed 3 hours in total. If you submit just one code file for both missions, you will then have the code running for 3 hours. If you submit two code files, you will need to indicate how you want to divide the 3 hours of allocated time for the two codes, otherwise we will just assume 1h30min for each code.
Teams can submit their application from 27 January until 28 February 2017.
How to build a 3D printed Astro Pi flight case – New video
ESA and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have produced a new video to explain how to assemble the Astro Pi Flight Case. You can watch the video below and learn how to build your own Astro Pi case. In this worksheet you will find the 3D files that you need to print your case. Remember that building the flight case is not compulsory for the competition, but it is an exciting way to test your code, just like it would be done on the International Space Station.
Phase 2 closes on 28 February, so you still have more than a month to come up with some great ideas. Good luck!
If you have any questions regarding Astro Pi, please check the FAQ section on the Astro Pi website or join the Astro Pi forums. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.