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Film documents Cyprus team’s NASA journey

A scene from the film

The first Cypriot space documentary film, which narrates the adventure of the Cypriot NASA international first prize winner ArachnobeeA team was presented this week for the first time in Nicosia.

The documentary film The Incredible Story of ArachnobeeA tells the story of the team that won the first international NASA Best Mission Concept Award for their project of the world’s first Zero G drone, a drone with ability to work even in airless environment.

The documentary follows the team to the Kennedy Space Center in the US, where they were invited by NASA to attend the launch of an AtlasV rocket of United Launch Alliance to the International Space Station.

ArachnoBeeA was selected by NASA’s evaluation committee as the global winner in the “Best Mission Concept” category, among over 950 participants from 135 cities. NASA Space Apps Challenge is the biggest event for the development of innovative and space oriented ideas.

The team comprises Mihailo Kitanovic, Christos Antoniou, Charalambos Leventis, Adrian Carlan, Aleksandar Bozic, Iurii Fomenco, Visnja Durovic, Dragan Colovic, Ljubodrag Bozic και Nikola Gacic. They are from Cyprus, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

Christos Antoniou told the Cyprus News Agency that the team is ready to take part in the next NASA Spaceapps Challenge next year, with ideas which are even better than their previous one.

Director of the documentary Stavros Papageorgiou talked about the challenges they faced in producing a space documentary with such a different subject.

The documentary, he said, “gives important messages to all of us, messages that with vision, team work, passion and confidence in our own capabilities we can achieve a lot.”

The team was also congratulated, through a televised message, by the European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli on their `innovative and clever concept’. Nespoli said that their drone has many possibilities and if it is sent to space, it would be of great use to the International Space Station (ISS) astronauts. He also expressed the wish that the drone is actually built and sent on the ISS.

The trailer of the documentary can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16UiIcy__g&t=2s

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