Space during COVID-19
The world feels like a rather different place at the moment with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It has virtually paralysed day-to-day activities. Many of us are in lockdown, forced to work from home while this highly infectious virus dissipates. It may take some time for the world to get back to normal. As such, a number of events have either been postponed, cancelled or brought online.
Here we take a look at various space and tech-related livestreams, virtual conferences, webinars, virtual networking, challenges, online hackathons, massive open online courses (moocs), online science demos, Q&A’s and resources that are now occupying our time.
Note we are continuing to update our calendar best we can and are adding these to a long Twitter thread here.
Due to the ever escalating situation of #COVIDー19 #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak note that a number of events listed in our calendar ?️have been postponed or cancelled.
We will do our best to keep you updated via social media and on our website. https://t.co/L59hkcjvnR pic.twitter.com/FxGrumhhU0
— Spaceoneers (@spaceoneers) March 16, 2020
#SpaceConnectsUs online event
Also check out this Forbes article or this NY Times opinion piece by retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on how astronauts cope with isolation on missions.
VIRGIN GALACTIC YOUTUBE LIVE
Virgin Galactic are hosting a YouTube LIVE on human space flight for those who are currently off school! Join its Chief Astronaut Instructor, Beth Moses this Thursday. Beth was the 571st human to look down on Earth from space. 9.30amPT | 12.30pmET | 5.30pmBST! virg.in/TBx
#SPACEISAWESOME online conference by AAC Clydespace
Each day this week, AAC Clyde Space is hosting its first digital conference. Join here.
New Approaches to Space Architecture
Initially being a part of SXSW which is canceled in the wake of the current COVID-19 outbreak, this one-of-a-kind panel goes virtual! Join a diverse guest panel of space architects, designers, researchers, and makers all brought together by our universal appreciation of the cosmos. Also, panelists will address their reflections on the current #COVID-19 outbreak situation and provide tips on how to thrive while isolated. Join here.
Space Café Webtalk
Our friends over at SpaceWatch Global are hosting a weekly Space Café WebTalk. Check out the next events here.
Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities in Space
This live streaming event will explore the threats and challenges facing the United States and others in the space domain. Dr. Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, will deliver a keynote address and take questions from the online audience on the U.S. administration’s approach to meeting the evolving challenges to U.S. interests in outer space. The keynote will be followed by a presentation and panel discussion featuring Brian Weeden and Victoria Samson of the Secure World Foundation and Todd Harrison, Kaitlyn Johnson, Thomas G. Roberts, and Makena Young of CSIS. The SWF and CSIS teams will brief their latest analysis on threats to space systems, highlighting developments in counterspace weapons and activities over the past year. Register here.
Satuccino is a monthly networking event for Satellite Applications Catapult-engaged individuals or organisations who use satellite technology or data. This month and next month are now hosted online by the organisation. Join the May Satuccino event here.
Each day throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our Editor-in-Chief, Ryan Laird is hosting a #spacehour chat on Twitter.
“Space Hour” is a fixed time of day where a community of space enthusiasts can share their “space story”. Each day at 12pm GMT/1pm CET people are encouraged to tweet their topic with the hashtag #SpaceHour.On Wednesday 8 April, he is hosting a Google Hangout session as an opportunity to meet “face-to-face” and share our interests during this time of lockdowns around the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Participants are still encouraged to tweet during the call. Register here.
virtual space bar
The AstroAgency invite you to our virtual ‘Space Bar’ to discuss all things space and help keep us all sane! On THURSDAYS @ 7PM (GMT+1), wherever you are, if you are stuck at home and bored, pour yourself a whisky, beer, or cup of tea. It’s a chance to do some virtual networking and we will keep it going until this thing all blows over!
#PointIoT gives ambitious entrepreneurs that chance with a new and exciting programme featuring IoT and Galileo technologies. 10 teams will be selected to attend a 2-day, Paris-based bootcamp and take part in a 3-month virtual sprint with one-on-one mentoring and a chance to win a €20k prize. Ready to tackle industry challenges? Check out the eligibility requirements and apply today! www.point-iot.eu
The Copernicus Masters 2020 – Europe’s leading innovation competition for EO – is in search of outstanding applications, solutions, and services from future-oriented SMEs, startups, universities and individuals in the fields of business, research, and higher education that tackle important challenges faced by business and society. Read more here and sign up now!
The Conrad Challenge
The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the world create products and/or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges. They become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through utilising their creativity and critical-thinking skills. Apply now!
FDL 2020 CHALLENGE OVERVIEW SESSIONS
FDL will host 2020 Challenge Overview Sessions sharing insights on this year’s challenges. Join our experts and learn more about how FDL research teams will tackle critical issues facing space science and humankind. For more information visit: https://fdleurope.org
Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest – COVID-19 edition
ESA , in coordination with the European Commission is launching a special edition of Custom Script Contest, focused on the support of space during the COVID-19 crisis. Following a similar format, but rather than looking for new algorithms, we are in the quest for ideas on how satellite data could help mitigate the situation, at this moment as well as in the upcoming months, when the world will try to get back to business as usual. We are calling for remote sensing experts, machine learning scientists as well as the interested public. Anyone can contribute an idea and make proposals. Apply here.
ONLINE RESPONSES TO COVID-19
Startup Weekend COVID-19 Remote Edition
Techstars are running a special edition Startup Weekend COVID-19 Remote Edition which will take place online over 54 hours.
Want to participate in Startup Weekend but still social distance? @SWeekendRemote is the perfect solution. ?This Covid19 edition will take place online! Currently 417 people have signed up. Don’t miss this monumental event: https://t.co/C35evG2EPp #SWeekendRemote pic.twitter.com/Kupsx8gZmR
— Techstars Startup Weekend (@StartupWeekend) March 23, 2020
Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak
ESA has launched an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) inviting companies to submit their ideas for deploying and demonstrating services to respond to the emergency that Europe, and especially Italy, is facing because of the spread of the coronavirus. The AO is issued in cooperation with the Italian Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitalization (MID).
Submit an innovative proposal for characterising Covid-19 impacts
ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, said, “COVID-19 is putting society under huge strain. While ESA isn’t really placed to help forecast the progression of the virus, we certainly continue to have a wealth of data streaming back to us from some of the most sophisticated satellites ever built as well as new artificial intelligence technologies that can be used to understand and monitor some of the societal shifts.
“Innovation is key to using satellite data to help serve society during these challenging times and we trust that our new call will return some valuable proposals.”
This new call has been added to the Permanently Open Call, which is part of ESA’s Earth Observation Science for Society programme.
Massive Open Online Courses
In its fourth week, the Copernicus MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is an online training aimed at enabling anyone to understand how to use Earth Observation data in order to address societal challenges and generate business opportunities.
Achieving Sustainable Development
Explore the challenges of sustainable development. See the impact of UN Sustainable Development Goals on real people. Join course for free.
Online SCIENCE DEMOS, Q&As + RESOURCES
A number of science centres and organisations are providing online science demos, Q&A’s and resources. Follow: #ScienceFromHome, #HomeLearningUK
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK, each week is covering a different #bigscience topic (like Lasers or Telescopes) and you can expect to see: Activity guides, quizzes, videos + more!
#NEW: From this week, we’ll be bringing you #STFCScienceAtHome! ??
Each week we’ll be covering a different #bigscience topic (like Lasers or Telescopes) and you can expect to see: Activity guides, quizzes, videos + more! #homelearning #homeschooling pic.twitter.com/r97EI46cak
— Science and Technology Facilities Council (@STFC_Matters) March 24, 2020
Similarly, the Glasgow Science Centre each day at 10am (UK time) is performing online science demonstrations.
Join us at 10am this morning for #GSCAtHome! Holly is in the Powering the Future exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre. The mousetraps and ping pong balls in this exhibit help to visualise, in spectacular fashion, what is known as a chain reaction…
— Glasgow Science Centre (@gsc1) March 24, 2020
Every weekday the team at the National Space Centre (UK) will be answering any space questions you may have.
??♂️ Every weekday our team will be answering any space questions you may have.
Just drop us a question using #AskUsAboutSpace and we will endeavour to answer them the next day in our lunchtime updates. pic.twitter.com/meXTfXAO9H
— National Space Centre (@spacecentre) March 22, 2020
Last month we wrote our top 10 out-of-this world space podcasts. Check out the article here.