The Cypriot team invited to attend a rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center in the US after winning first prize in an international competition came home disappointed when weather conditions did not permit the launch, according to the Cyprus News Agency.
The ArachnoBeeA team, consisting of people from Cyprus, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia, were invited by NASA to attend the launch of an unmanned space mission after coming first in the category Best Mission Concept in the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2015.
For three consecutive days from Thursday until Saturday they were able to observe NASA at work preparing for the launch of a cargo shipment to the International Space Station. However weather conditions did not permit the launch to go ahead during the time of the visit. The launch eventually went ahead on Sunday after they had left.
ArachnoBeeA was selected by a NASA judging committee, from over 950 other projects from 135 locations worldwide, as one of the six global winners in the International Space Apps Challenge. The Cypriot team designed an innovative quadcopter drone destined for usage in space vehicles. The spider-bee drone can be used for small cargo transport as it has a ‘grab and capture’ capability and the ability to dock and release.
Participants had been asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualisation and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.
The ArachnoBeeA video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc3HosYOPOk