NASA is, like, totally still relevant. Word.
They sponsored the International (Intergalactic?) Space Apps Challenge as a way to encourage people to take all the stuff NASA offers for free and turn it into something the average person could actually use.
The “hardware” section includes the following challenges:
- Suborbital Payload for Citizen Science (exposed or pressurized)
- Low Cost Space Guidance System
- SERVIR Open Hardware Camera Project
- Handheld Hardware for Citizen Science
- WeLoveData Challenge
- Nairobi Robotics
Yes, one of those is a project to figure out how to bake and eat bread in microgravity. Hey, you try celebrating without cake and see how you like it. Anywho…
Most of the solutions are software-based. Of the solutions chosen for global judging we’ve got one where you make a ring (for your finger) out of the 3D model of some satellite orbits. There’s also a project to make an open source underwater robot for exploring, you know, under water. They link it to space by (again) developing the software tool(s) that will allow for processing the data sent back by a remote rover.