Three Cypriot projects head for the NASA international space apps challenge

Three Cypriot projects head for the NASA international space apps challenge

The three Cypriot winner projects of the Limassol Space Apps Challenge will head for the international competition of space applications organized by NASA.

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. In Cyprus, this year, it took place in the coastal town of Limassol the first weekend of April.

The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space.

NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and over 100 local organizing teams across the globe.

The three Cypriot winning teams are Space Forester Team (, Arachnobeea, ( and Chromosky (

In statements to CNA, the members of the organization committee of the Limassol space apps noted that the contest is very popular around the world, since it provides researchers with a great opportunity to get involved with real missions of NASA.

They added that the applications created during the Space Apps competitions involve various fields such as planetary exploration, exploitation of resources from asteroids, environmental protection, warnings of weather phenomena, monitoring seismic activity and volcanic activity, etc.

It is noted that Cypriot project MarsSense, which was the winner of the Space Apps Limassol 2013, was given the second international award in the category People`s Choice Award of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge.

The Cypriot team of MarsSense was invited in 2014 to the biggest space conference, called Space Ops, which is organised by NASA. There, the Cypriot team presented its work and was excelled as one of the four leading academic projects related to Space Exploration for the biennium 2013-2014.

In addition, Greek project Popeye on Mars, which won the Space Apps Challenge Athens 2013, ranked first in the International Space Apps Challenge in the category Best Mission Concept. The project concerned the creation of a greenhouse for growing vegetables on Mars.