Three Cypriot teams were chosen to participate in NASA`s International Space Apps Challenge, following last year’s international success of the Cypriot team ArachnoBeeA, which was selected by NASA’s judging committee as the global winner in the “Best Mission Concept” category, among over 950 participants from 135 cities.
The international competition is organised all over the world in various cities, which choose their winners to represent them in the NASA competition, the biggest event for the development of innovative and space oriented ideas. NASA is in search of solutions and innovative ideas for several challenges it faces with its space missions as the Agency aims to extend human presence deeper into the solar system and to the surface of Mars in the 2030s.
The local competition in Cyprus took place recently in the coastal town of Limassol. The Space Apps Challenge Limassol 2016, was hosted at the premises of the Cyprus University of Technology.
The winners were chosen by a judging committee comprising of professors and researchers for the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Cyprus as well as the President of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) Giorgos Danos.
The three teams will represent Cyprus at the NASA International Space Apps Challenge Competition, in an attempt to repeat ArachnoBeeA’s success.
Limassol was the first town worldwide to organise the competition this year, followed in the next weekend by 165 more towns.
First winner team was H.O.P.S. (Hydrogen-Oxygen Propulsion System), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb7mP6t4Y7I, second winner team was Space Dwarfs,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64to1GRvCqM, and Polyhedron which won the People’s Choice Award, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMiPvF0etNI. (CNA)