ActInSpace NZ is over for 2018 – stay tuned to find out more about how the winning team from Christchurch does in the international finals, and about the next global ActInSpace event in 2020.

There are over 70 challenges to choose from at ActInSpace.  Each team will select one challenge to work on over the course of the 24 hours.

Challenges fall into the following categories – “every day life business”, “be a new space actor” and “space for humanity”. You and your team can pick any one of the AIS challenges to complete in 24 hours.

The challenges based on patent are provided by the French and the European Space Agency. The patents are available online. Both agencies are agree to make licenses available to any team who wants to go further (on condition). The applicants can set up a company and will be allowed to use the patent. After the event, ActInSpace are hoping to be able to organise working session with the inventors in order to help the team to go further and have success.

Challenges include things like:

  • Leveraging the power of Earth observation and open sources data via Machine Learning:
    Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in general can permit you to unleash your creativity and address unexplored possibilities to leverage Earth Observation data. Thanks to the OneAtlas Sandbox platform, you can now design, test and experiment ideas on world class Earth imagery with various sizes, bands, resolutions and revisit capabilities. What about finding automatically abnormal changes in distant areas, monitoring expansion of natural phenomena, or any other characteristic done manually up to now?
  • Intelligence for Robotics Space servicing:
    This challenge is to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce the costs of Space robotic systems by integrating intelligent control software, by using the power of the opensource community and taking advantage of virtual reality (VR) technologies for control and simulation, considering the time delay specific to Space environment.
  • Invent the future of small satellites or new payloads for Airbus satellites & drones:

    Propose new concepts of small satellites or payloads that could be taken on board Airbus satellites or drones, for Earth Observation, Telecommunications, Humanitarian, Security purposes… As an example, you can use the ARROW generic satellite platform derived from OneWeb, to propose new missions and the associated payload(s). The characteristics of this platform can be find enclosed to help the definition of your project.

  • Use Galileo satellites:
    Currently, smartphones compute the PVT solution by fusing information coming by different GNSS, including Galileo, GPS, Glonass and Beidou.
    Leveraging the white paper instructions, design an app that allows you to calculate the PVT solution by employing your favourite GNSS constellations and of course Galileo! By comparing the data obtained by single satellites, propose selection algorithms for satellites constellation based on different criteria.

All challenges are labelled with various tags, to make them easier to search through. Challenges tagged with #AIS-IN qualify to be entered into the competition for the Grand Prize, to be sent to France to compete in the International Final. If you’d like to have fun, want to win some of the partner prizes but you don’t mind about the competition Grand Prize then look at challenges with the #AIS-OFF label.

For up-to-date information on all of the available challenges, please go to the ActInSpace international website. For any questions on the challenges, please email

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