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Try Your Programming Skills In Space: DARPA Satellite Programming Challenge 54

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from the geeks-in-space dept.
First time accepted submitter null action writes "Want to have your code run on a satellite in space? Take a look at this. MIT Space Systems Laboratory and TopCoder are hosting a DARPA competition to create the best algorithm for capturing a randomly tumbling space object. Contestants in the Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge will compete in online simulations, and four finalists will have their algorithms tested aboard the International Space Station on small satellites called SPHERES. 'In this challenge, you have no advance knowledge of how it will be rotating. We're pushing the limits of what we can do with SPHERES and we hope to break new ground with this challenge,' said Jake Katz of MIT."
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Try Your Programming Skills In Space: DARPA Satellite Programming Challenge

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  • by ardiri (245358) on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @01:01PM (#39276877) Homepage

    seems you do everything online, requires adobe flash for you to run simulations. you edit, compile and execute (simulate) code online.

  • by Zentakz (618981) on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @08:25PM (#39282917)

    If I can only access the simulator online, and I can only copy paste my C code into a flash window "IDE", then this sounds pretty dead in the water already. No thanks.

    Disclaimer: I'm involved with the project. Coding and project management is online in a JS-based IDE. The flash component is for viewing the results of the simulation in 3D. Also, we're working on adding 2D charts/plots to be deployed before this starts. The editor has evolved from a simplified IDE targeted at high school students and constrained in ways to make the code compatible with the satellite hardware, so be prepared for some limitations. At the same time, there's really quite a lot you can do.

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