Watch Tim Peake with the Astro Pi flight units in space!
We’re thrilled to be able to show you some brand new video that British ESA astronaut Tim Peake has sent to us from the International Space Station. Tim shows us the Astro Pi flight units, Ed and Izzy, running kids’ apps and experiments on board the ISS.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on our blog, you’ll know that this month, UK students have another chance to send their code to Tim in space with our 2016 coding challenges. Today we’re excited to announce that a panel of top-flight judges have generously offered their time to help us select the winners.
Both challenges relate to music: Tim wants students to write a Python program to turn an Astro Pi flight unit into an MP3 media player, and he’d like people to write electronic music in Sonic Pi for him to listen to on the player. So we’re delighted that we’ll have musicians including synthpop giants OMD and film composer Ilan Eshkeri, as well as experts from the aerospace industry and our own crack team of developers, to help pick out winning entries from what we know will be an amazing field.
If you’re aged 18 or under and in the UK, and you’d like these amazing artists, space engineers and computer scientists to see your work, submit your entry via the Astro Pi website by 31 March!
OMD provided the backing track for most of my A level Maths and Physics revision[*], I was addicted to Walking on the Milky Way in 1996.
[*] I did play the song more than once!
Wow …. That video is so inspiring! He comes across as a really nice guy … Is that a Pi2 or a B+ in the case?
Nuex* Luke Castle
I think it is a raspberry pi 2
It’s a B+ – more details here: https://astro-pi.org/about/hardware/raspberry-pi/
Raspberry Pi Staff Helen Lynn — post author
Yes; obtaining a flight safety certificate is a lengthy process, and when we embarked on it, the latest model of Raspberry Pi was the Model B+.
Hey, just wondering, why is there barely any items in the swag store any more?
I assume a special rocket launch has been commissioned to send up two new Raspberry Pi 3’s to replace the older Raspberry Pi 2’s ;-)
There are a lot of dead pixels on the camera(s) used to film this video. I wonder if high energy particles (‘cosmic rays’) damaged the sensors in the camera. Also, he’s partly right about being able to build that thing ‘quite cheaply,’ if you overlook the insanely expensive push button switches… :(
almost thought he’d dropped at at one stage, till I realised…