The 2014 ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) was announced by the ESA Advanced Concepts Team in April 2014. Open Mission Control and Pocket Mission Control are open source open access citizen space exploration support projects built by past and present UKSEDS members and other students, and are a JA initiative.

The Open Mission Control / Pocket Mission Control project was selected as a SOCIS mentoring organisation in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and we’re pleased to say we’ve been selected again for 2014! We want to build on the work carried out by previous SOCIS students and students from the University of Bristol who implemented the Pocket Mission Control prototype to get mission control applications out to as many people as possible.

Areas we would like to work on include one or more of:

  1. Expand the design and implementation of a very early prototype gamification API to allow third party developers to integrate games into the mission control application using real time and historical data to encourage the installation of additional ground station radio hardware globally.
  2. Design and implement prototype games using the gamification API that are rewarding for game players able to interface amateur radio ground station hardware with their device and contribute spacecraft telemetry to a central database, and those who are unable to do so for technical, financial or other reasons.
  3. Bring the prototype Pocket Mission Control app (built using the Unity3D engine) on Android, iOS and Windows phone up to release standard to allow listing in the Android, iOS and Windows phone application stores.
  4. Add support to the satellite translation service for as many functioning on orbit spacecraft as possible. If necessary, improve the tools and documentation to make this task as easy as possible for spacecraft developers to do themselves.
  5. Verify, and if necessary improve, the ability of the back end services to support very large numbers of app clients.
  6. Integrate support for the NASA Deep Space Network directly into the ground station translation service.
  7. Improving the system documentation.
  8. In addition to the major tasks outlined above, general support to allow the early delivery of items on our general outstanding to do lists would be extremely useful.


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