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Google Summer of Code 2014


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Established in 2010, Constellation is a platform for different aerospace related projects that need massive computational power or a global infrastructure. The computing power is provided by "everyone", which means that generous people like you donate idle PC time at home for their favourite space projects by forming a virtual super-computer via the Internet. The harnessed power of currently 38000 PCs is used for applied space research for student projects and space organizations. As a young academics group at the University of Stuttgart, it is our goal to encourage and foster other students to work in aerospace engineering and applied computer sciences. We had an awesome experience during GSOC 2013 and want to share it again this year with expanding already started ideas, such as Solar System Grand Tour, as well as fantastic new and innovative software and hardware projects, such as Distributed Ground Station Network (which shall track satellites, planes or Google Bloons). We support open-source in space, because we believe space is open for everybody! This year, we are supported by great mentors from our Constellation Core Team, from the Comet Team at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) and from RadioPunks. If you want to be a mentor and/or propose your idea, do not hesitate to contact us! Check our ideas page and post your ideas and questions: The following quote perfectly illustrates, that your possibilities with us are endless! "Space, is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space" - Douglas Adams


  • Accounting for Orbital Perturbations in the IMEX Comet Trails Project I plan to improve the accuracy and usefulness of the software that has been developed as part of the “IMEX Comet trails” project at the Institute of Space Systems. To achieve this, I will evaluate and implement modules that take additional orbital perturbations into account. Depending on project progress, I will also work on improving the usability and scalability of the software by implementing means to visualize the data that is generated and by improving data handling.
  • Distributed Ground Station Network - Positioning I am interested in topics related to positioning and satellites orbit prediction and I would like to participate in the project Distributed Ground Station Network. I am currently working on numerical methods to predict orbit of satellites of good known GPS. There are systems and many available applications used to positioning and navigation on the Earth. The idea of positioning objects in the space sounds more challenging.
  • Distributedly Computed Interplanetary Dust and its Visualization I would like to support the progress of the IMEX project by further developing the current proof of concept model, adding several options to increase the model’s accurateness and to extend its field of application. These innovations pave the way for a broadly usable simulation tool that is able to predict and store the trajectories of large amounts of particles or light objects through the Solar System, utilizing the computation capability of the Constellation platform.
  • Let's do some more work for DSGN! As a student in aerospace engineering at University of Stuttgart, I'm always looking forward for new challenges in that field. Also i think especially in the DGSN Project of AerospaceResearch.Net, there are opportuninies not only in space applications. As I already did some work for DSGN in the past, i'm willing to share some more time with it.