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Code in Space

For the first time, students from around the world can send and execute their own code in space (Low Earth Orbit).


  • Learn about satellite flight software and embedded systems

  • Explore a topic that interests you and learn more about its real-life setting

  • Learn about satellite technology and understand satellite communication

  • Gain experience in system design processes and protocols in engineering projects

  • Develop new solutions (products & services) that utilizes satellite technology

  • Develop your leadership skills such as teamwork, decision making, and project management 

  • Demonstrate your capabilities to University admissions and future employers

Students may submit proposals, and the selected submissions will be uploaded to a nanosatellite orbiting the Earth. The code will be executed by the satellite’s onboard computer and will be tested under real space environment conditions. The code executions test results will be transmitted back to Earth via a satellite ground station.



  • To increase awareness about current opportunities and challenges in the satellite industry 

  • To encourage solutions to current challenges faced by the satellite industry

  • To encourage and empower students to design and develop new concepts that could contribute to the advancement of satellite technology 

  • To increase awareness about new space (space 2.0) revolution and its potential impact on humanity



  • Satellite Communications

  • Satellite Operating System (Flight Software)

  • Ground Stations & Ground Operations

  • Scientific Investigations (based on onboard sensors readings such as temperature, magnetic field, acceleration, and light)

  • Games and Apps. using Satellite Signals or Data

How to Participate
  1. Participation can be individual, or team based and should include a mentor (teacher/ university faculty member or scientist affiliated with a school or academic/ research institution)

  2. Enroll in Spaceport Platform ( For team based participation, each member of the team should create his/her own profile.

  3. Join "Space Challenge: Orbital Space Edition" by using the code: 7c17a2c4

  4. Complete educational units to earn a minimum of 20 points   

  5. Come up with a solution for current challenge or limitation in the satellite industry or new concept that could be of value to satellite technology or a smartphone app or even an exciting game.

  6. We will start accepting proposals from January 2021.  Submit your proposal electronically to

This opportunity is a collaboration with the Space Challenges Program and the Tsiolkovsky Association
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