SGAC, in collaboration with SatNOGS, is launching a competition to provide space enthusiasts with a kit and step-by-step instructions to build their own ground station. The initiative aims to support different space missions while engaging local communities from different regions worldwide with the space sector. This will be through appealing satellite imagery and radio communication tools.
The selection process consists of two stages:
- Application Form: To be filled with information answering basic questions about your motivation, feasibility, location, impact and outreach, previous experience, etc.
- Interview: We want to meet you! We will schedule a call with the applicants that pass to the second round of the selection process to get to know you a bit better.
- 15 October: Applications open. Time to complete the form!
- 21 November 23:59 GMT: Applications close.
- 22 November – 5 December: 1st round of evaluations.
- 5-19 December: Round of interviews with shortlisted applicants.
- 20-23 December: Announcement of winners.
- January-February 2022: Receive the kit and start building!
The selection criteria will revolve around the following aspects:
- Motivation: Why does this opportunity excite you? Are you a DIY enthusiast looking to add some spice to your projects? Perhaps a space enthusiast (or a group of them) interested in being more exposed to hands-on activities? There is no right or wrong answer. Just let us know a bit about yourself (or yourselves) and why you want to do this!
- Feasibility: Where exactly do you plan to place the ground station? Is it in your backyard? On the roof of your local library or maker club? Do you have permission to do so? Will the ground station have access to power and a stable internet connection there? Let us know why you think it is feasible and what potential problems you may encounter (this helps to show us that you are on top of everything!).
- World Location: Where are you based, and where would you like to set up the ground station? Feel free to look at the SatNOGS Network and tell us why you think this is an excellent geographical location. Again, all locations will be considered!
- Outreach and impact: Do you plan to get further involved in the SatNOGS community? Are you thinking about sharing the experience with other local space enthusiasts? Will you be using your social media to document the process? Let us know how you feel this initiative may help you, your local community and beyond.
The selection committee comprises the SGAC Global Satellite Tracking team, a SatNOGS representative and other SGAC and partner representatives.
You can apply for the contest here. You can also visit this link for more information
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