For October 2017 FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt is engaged in a series of Innovation events you should not miss. Starting on 4th of October with the Internet of Things meets Earth Observeration Half-Hackathon (IoTmeetsEO), the local FabSpace community is asked to develop low cost solutions for flood prevention and merge the two worlds of Rasperry Pi and Earth Observeration. Thanks to our sponsor exp-tech we’re able to give nice prizes. The best solutions will win a raspberry Pi starter kit. More information at: iotmeetseo.fabspace-germany.de.

The next event will be in cooperation with ESA & Merck. Together we’ll organize the Space2Health Hackathon at the innovation center of Merck in Darmstadt starting at 6th of October 2017. You can find more information and the registration here.

Just a few days later we’re proud to have our next Hackathon together with Breeze Technologies, a startup from Hamburg, on 11./12.10.2017. In the “BreezeCleanAir4city” hack it will be all about merging eo and in situ sensors to measure air quality. If you want to learn more about it, let’s have a look at: breezecleanair4city.fabspace-germany.de.

Finally, and not yet 100% confirmed we’re still trying to organize the Climathon in Darmstadt on 27th of October. Stay tuned!

This series of events finally closes our first round of Innovation events before our First Bootcamp in November 2017. We’ll continue with Innovation events in 2018.

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ESOC50

Sascha Heising live on main stage together with DG Jan Wörner (esa), Lars Hennemann (Chefredakteur Echo Darmstadt) and Bianca Hörsch (esoc.) 

Until long after midnight the FabSpace 2.0 team Darmstadt celebrated 50 years of ESOC during “Lange Nacht der Sterne” at ESOC in Darmstadt. With more than 5,000 visitors the celebration was a big public event. FabSpace was engaged with two talks about FabSpace on main stage of HR-info as well as during the presentations. On top of that FabSpace presented itself during the exhibition with a small booth. Attracted by our model visitors asked a lot of questions about Earth Observation and the use of satellite imaginary. You’re welcome to have a look at the full set of images here.

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It is really exciting and charming to interact with kids and FabSpace Darmstadt had that opportunity to welcome more than 20 kids in the Laboratory at the Institute of Geodesy, Darmstadt University of Technology. All those kids are in different age group as 10 – 12 years and they are kids of Merck employees. In their occasion in summer named as Merck-Holiday-Week they wanted to know more about earth science, satellite technologies and space science in general. It says “young brains are fertile than an older one” and it is the high time for them to start thinking about those complex sciences. Darmstadt is a hub of space science including relevant organizations like ESOC, EUMETSAT and many more companies. Therefore, kids are also really enthusiastic to know about what is the role of those space industries and how they are practicing space science.

In the beginning kids were introduced the hierarchy of the academic system and what is the specialty of Institute of Geodesy and the project FabSpace 2.0. later on the fundamentals of earth observation satellites were explained. It was an outstanding interactive environment while explaining in local language (German) how satellites can help us improving our life. How satellites are monitoring the earth from space for instance, natural and manmade hazards (i.e. flood, landslide, volcanos, forest fire, oil spill etc.), mapping water resources and forest, managing transportation to reduce air pollution etc.

In the next point kids were introduced by the basics of geodesy and navigation satellites. How navigation services as Galileo/EGNOS or GPS is working for the better positioning system. In an open discussion on how navigation signal works inside a tunnel, kids were very curious and they have very fresh and innovative answers.

The root of our next generation is all of our young stars. It is our social and/or political responsibility to provide them a better environment and proper guidelines to grow-up. It is indeed an outstanding movement by FabSpace to introduce space science and geo-science for their better future. Although, FabSpace all over the Europe act as a pre-incubator for satellite data driven business creation but getting in touch with kids and showing them clear pathway of shaping our future through earth observation and geospatial technologies was a great pleasure.

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Finally after summer break team of FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt worked on some new sections of ComBase and uploaded even more media. You should definitely check out our new image gallery at flickr where you can download all our images. In addition to that you just have to watch our brand new youtube video with a lot of scenes from our recent activities. And there will be even more content in the next weeks from the past and the present. So stay tuned.

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In the recent era, earth observation data and digital application development is the most promising field of innovation. The FabSpace Darmstadt team is also working hard to make things happen in a digital form by incorporation satellite imagery and geo-information. In this regard FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt organized the second Open Day at Darmstadt University of Technology from 10th to 13th July. The whole session was four day long theoretical and practical learnings on Radar Remote Sensing. There were more than 20 participants attended the program and most of them studying at TU Darmstadt.