The Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon organized by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the annual contest takes place over two days in different cities around the globe. The event adopts the idea of collaborative problem solving with a goal of developing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on earth and life in space. Participants focus on using NASA data and promoting education.

The University of Khartoum team consists of Space Research Center members saw an opportunity to deliver their message and make their voice heard both nationally and globally through this contest, thus we decided to participate by a video entitled “EARTH IS COOL”. In this video Ree an alien “the main character” visits the most breathtaking places on planet earth. Ree ends his trip in Sudan where he participated with locals in cultural activities that Sudan is well known for.

Eventually all the efforts and the sleepless nights have paid off as the team was elected over 3,000 virtual participants as the local winner for the virtual participants category. Also, the project was a people’s choice award nominee to compete with 187 other teams who were nominees from their locations. The winners will be awarded with a trip to The United States to watch a NASA rocket launch. By the help of voters with kind appreciation to social media campaign, Capital Radio FM, and Hala 96FM the team placed ninth in this stage.

year on April 12th. The current and previous researchers of the Centre were invited to this party. So, the theme was connecting with seniors and exchanging ideas and experiences. All in a social and fun atmosphere. Few videos on the history of Human space flight were presented (the videos were selected from EPFL's MOOC Space Mission Design and Operation). This event was organized by SGAC Sudan NPoC and members, hosted and sponsored by The Space Research Centre, University of Khartoum.

cubesat team was honored by the visit of Dr. Eng. Hiroshi Yajima, Associate professor at the department of management of social systems and civil engineering, Tottori University.

participation in African telecommunication minsters conference

KN-SAT1 cubesat project has been invited by Nile center for technology researches (NCTR) to participate in the exhibition accompanying African telecommunication minsters conference, KN-SAT1 prototype cube satellite was exposed to the visitors in the booth of NCTR. The purpose of the participation is to be recognized among the Specialists in the field of telecommunications and build relationships with telecommunications experts from inside and outside Sudan.

Success with international space station (ISS)

The KN-SAT1 team succeeded to contact with international space station and upload many messages to packet personal mail system. The Ground station hardware and software setup were optimized during the previous days to cope with many kind of data modulation and decoding .

Here is the list of the messages upload to ISS
Msg  #  Size   TS Date   Time From   To     @ BBS  Subject
90    31              /1615 ST2UOK>ALL           hello
89    79              /1614 ST2UOK>ALL           hi
88    104             /1612 ST2UOK>ALL           hi
87    41              /1611 ST2UOK>ALL           hello from st2uok

Annual Conference for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research

KNSAT Team has participated in Annual Conference for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, of the University of Khartoum, 17-20 February 2012, held in Friendship Hall.

we were participate  in the accompanying exhibition for three days. Our booth  attracted many audiences. Where we gave the audiences a full demonstration of the cube sat project plus show of our prototype module.

Many papers were presented about different specialties.

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