Innovation Space

The Space International Audience Award 2021 Winners

Every organization has its objectives, and the International Audience Award by Act in Africa is no exception. Its focus is developing skills and encouraging innovation, not forgetting entrepreneurship, especially in matters concerning space. Recently, it carried out a contest via Connect by CNES. The YouTube channel helped select four finalists who were determined by how many approvals that each contestant bagged.

One of them was the Astramania Team from Nigeria, which achieved 4000 likes. That saw the five youthful Nigerians emerge as the winners of this particular award. It has a vision revolving around automobile technology which would be a great tool in improving people’s mobility experience. Its strategy towards achieving the same is integrating automobile and space data. The team plans to acquire data from vehicles through an internal diagnostic system, not excluding the Geographic Information System (GIS) and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Processing the data to information will require the intervention of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The first runners-up were the Phantom Team from Sri Lanka with 1700 likes. Its project was an application to assist policymakers and the government in coming up with wise decisions regarding air quality in various regions, given the diversity. Its AI backend would make it smart enough for the occasion. Its source of data would be the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). It is a great source given how precise it is for humidity and temperature, which is crucial in improving climate expectations. The data would come in handy as the team creates a model comprising every type of air particle.

Following closely was Skywatch Team from Morocco with 1600 likes. It is all about closing the knowledge gap between people who know and people interested in learning. That would be the experts and the enthusiasts in the space industry. As far as the United Nations is concerned, one of its goals is taking education quality to a whole new level. It would come hand in hand with how people express information from satellite manufacturers and space agencies. It would go without saying that the reception would be friendly, falling on the ears of an informed audience.

Its AR nature would make it something worth catching the attention of young users. From simple articles to interactive videos, that’s something ideal for this population. Besides that, there will be tests with awards, including certificates and space. In the process, they would be exposed to the AR satellite live feed, earth observation data, and satellite trajectory information in detail.

Last but not least is the Polimi Space Team from Italy with 1200 likes. It is about the future of space, including the proposed existence of lunar infrastructure. For that to become a reality, geographical, geological, and topological data is vital. How else would these infrastructures and people to work or live there know how to cope with the environment? That’s where Polimi’s software, Moonsweep, would come in. Its source of data would be various satellites, and processing would be done through machine learning.