NASA invites Cypriot world winning team
The Cypriot team "ArachnoBeeA", winner of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge, is invited by NASA to attend the launch of a space rocket this September.
whist a delegation and officials of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO) will hold scheduled meetings with representatives of NASA, to discuss collaboration and reaching agreements.
ArachnoBeeA was recently selected by a NASA’s judging committee, among over 950 participators from 135 countries, as one of the 6 global winners of NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge. The runner-up team of the Space Apps Challenge Limassol 2015, was the global winner in the "Best Mission Concept" category.
Team leader Aleksandar Bozic said to CNA that the team is very proud to be among the top six in the world and first in its category. He adds that the team was invited by NASA to watch the launch of the Space X resupply rocket from the Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station this September.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience. Watching a man-made technology going to space is truly thrilling”, he told CNA.
The team consists people from Cyprus, Unkraine, Serbia and Romania. The creators of Arachnobeea are Mihailo Kitanovic, Christos Antoniou, Charalambos Leventis, Adrian Carlan, Aleksandar Bozic, Iurii Fomenco, Visnja Durovic, Dragan Colovic, Ljubodrag Bozic and Nikola Gacic.
The Cypriot team designed the most innovative quadcopter drone destined for usage in space vehicles, and at their late April’s presentation, the team managed to thrill everyone at the local competition in Limassol.
NASA, in conjunction with other space agencies around the world, held the fourth annual code-a-thon April 10-12 in more than 135 locations worldwide. Winning apps were selected in six categories, including a People’s Choice Award.
Participants were asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. While this year, 35 challenges represented NASA mission priorities in four areas: Earth studies, space exploration, human health research and robotics.
ArachnoBeeA, the winning team in in the category of the “Best Mission Concept”, “designed a spider-bee drone for small cargo transport with a grab and capture capability and the ability to dock and release”, NASA said in a statement.
A press conference is scheduled tomorrow, by the Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO) under the auspices of the Minister of Communications and Works Marios Demetriades, to honor the team, ArachnoBeeA.