On the 5 Oct 2015, Space Town Hall celebrated its one year old! It happened to be on the UN declared World Space Week too. It was a feast for our ears, eyes and having the pleasure to hold a spacecraft in our hand, plus beer, games and cakes!
We started with a game over networking and went into the most accessible content at Space Town Hall to date. The content we have at our birthday clearly illustrated the way we would like to go forward going: more diversity where space is part of every profession! Take a look at Minna Nygren explaining the process of translating scientific photos to graphic score:
Not only that we get to understand the process of composing a graphical music score, we also get to hear a full playback of Charon and Pluto, a Planetary Waltz, a very beautiful piece by Catherine Kontz and Minna Nygren. The piece was commissioned by the Center of Planetary Science, the new work received its premiere on the 24th of June 2015 at An Evening with the Planets event at UCL by pianists Valentina Pravodelov and Kerry Yong. All that, plus a tale of collaboration between two accomplished contemporary classical music composers in the world where superstar-ness is valued above all. After enjoying the beautiful music, we dialed our our guest from San Francisco in for a chat: Ryan Holmes, CEO of SpaceVR, a recently successfully funded kickstarter project to bring space experience to everyone to the ground, using virtual reality! See what I mean? Space is not always about going out there, it's also about bringing the experience in! Many congratulations again Ryan, looking forward to seeing your cameras off into International Space Station and beyond.
On the note of sending things into space, we also have Rob Karpinski, a committed maker who DIY'ed many things electronics including an open-sourced satellite! Rob is also our regular participant at DIY Spacecraft Controls and a member of Cambridge Makerspace. We had a very accessible history lesson on satellites, specifically on their sizes. Look at this satellite, it's 5 cm widel:
All photos by Daniel Elson.
Presentation from Rob can be found here.
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Finally, thanks to our venue sponsor Impact Hub Westminster and their very friendly and professional team for hosting us, Citizen Inventor for sponsoring the food and drink, a special thanks to Daniel for photography.
See you next time for more space inspiration.
All of those will be at Space Town Hall on 5 Oct in London! Space is a diverse topic, as this pop up Space Town Hall event illustrates. More over, space curious, enthusiast and technologist, the floor is open for you there too.
Celebrate diversity in citizen space projects/enterprise with us Space Town Hall's one year old birthday at the World Space Week 2015:
We have a lot to celebrate, so come and join us in central London at Impact Hub Westminster:
To get a feel for things, check out our logbook here - but we are always experimenting, so expect something different again! Space Town Hall is a global common place for citizens, regardless of background, to join up and co-develop your space inspired projects/ideas. Space Town Hall pops up as regularly as it's demanded and outside of pop up events, there's a continued presence online at www.spacetownhall.com.
Space Town Hall will be one year old in the World Space Week 2015!
Image Credit - NASA
The first ever Space Town Hall event was at World Space Week 2014 at Hub Westminster, London and we are going to have our one year old Space Town Hall event at World Space Week 2015 at Hub Westminster too!
Space Town Hall is a community programme for all space curious, enthusiasts and makers to come together, physically in London and earth-wide online.
Why Space Town Hall?
Citizen Inventor's space related activities has pre-date Space Town Hall where we have been to European Space Agency's Technology Center at Noordwijk and hanging out (G+) with NASA discussing about interplanetary internet. Space Town Hall was set up last year as a programme that is dedicated to space and space only matters. Space Town Hall is a community programme for all space curious, enthusiasts and makers to come together, physically in London and earth-wide online. Space is a borderless place and we want to see every citizen space project and authentic mission to be successful. Part of our goal is to help space projects to be discovered and to find their contributors - at our town hall events. The other part of our goal, is to learn and develop our space tech skills, regardless of background - at our co-learn events - where we hack our way to space! Not only that, we threw together a fete in the summer to have some fun and celebrated a great multidisciplinary mix that extends far and wide: the Galactic Fete!
Now, imagine we are all on the same spaceship.
What worked well for you last year? What else would you want to see happening? Tell us:
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Pssst, want to be part of our crew and fly this space-ship with us?