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First European Astro Pi Challenge

2016 - 2017
Phase 1 - Describe your experiment idea
In order to demonstrate your motivation and creativity and receive an Astro Pi kit, come up with an
experiment idea to be run using the Astro Pi on the ISS and its sensors (Sense Hat); then describe this
idea using the fields below, identifying all the necessary steps that will enable you to run your
experiment (no coding needed at this stage: only an experiment idea!).
The idea can be related to different aspects of life and work on the ISS. Search for cosmic rays? Record

a loss of altitude or acceleration of the ISS? Or perhaps just detect crew movement?
The more creative, rich, and original your idea is, the more you will be able to demonstrate your
motivation, and the bigger chance you will have to be selected for Phase 2 of the challenge. If your
team is selected, you will also receive an ESA-branded Astro Pi kit, including all its sensors and
components, directly at your school for free!

Our idea is to investigate.


(maximum words: 150)

In Table 1, describe the different steps of your experiment plan. Identify between 5 to 10 steps.

Table 1. Investigation Steps


STEPS

DESCRIPTION

SKILLS/ KNOWLEDGE
REQUIREMENTS

Installing Ed

We install Ed in one of the most We use Eds base to lock him in


important part of the ISS and we the place and we use the
connect it to the ISS system.
accelerometer, gyroscope and
the magnetometer to set up his
coordinates.

Starting patch

We take from the ESA the Providing information about


normal
values
of
the temperature,
air
pressure,
temperature,
air
pressure, humidity, spatial radiation, air

humidity, spatial radiation, air components.


components and we put them
into a table and then we give it
to Ed.
Installing the map of the ISS

We take the map of the ISS from We use an external storage to


the ESA and we install it into the install the map of the ISS into
Eds storage.
the Eds storage.

Introducing the program of the ESA provides us with the We use the external storage and
on board team
program of the astronauts and the ESAs server as resource.
the normal trajectory then we
install them on Ed.
Collecting information

Ed uses his sensors to collect the We use the Sense HAT to collect

actual values of the temperature, the data.


air pressure, humidity, spatial
radiation, air components.
Comparing the data

Ed compares the table installed Ed uses the coding that we


on step two with the table he provide him with.
realizes with the data that he
collects on the former step.

Monitoring the astronauts

Ed uses the motion sensors and Ed uses the motion sensors.


the map to create the astronauts
trajectory.

Hunting aliens

While he is collecting data,


comparing it and monitoring the

astronauts, he detects any


strange presence by taking into
considerations big variations
between what should be and
what there is.
Calling the on board team
Sending message on Earth