Eight Bangladeshi projects on space issue developed by university students have been selected for the global competition arranged by NASA.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the US space agency, organised the hack-a-thon programme styled ‘Space App Challenge’ where students solve the problems related to space and earth developing prototype by coding computer language.This year the competition was held in nine towns of Bangladesh along with 220 countries across the world.
In Bangladesh, 2,000 participants submitted projects while some 40 teams were selected for the national level to fight in 36-hour long hack-a-thon event held in Dhaka recently.
Space App Challenge country event’s joint convenor Ariful Hassan Opu said the NASA has announced 6 challenge categories comprising 20 sub-categories.
“Besides, our young and talented scientists will work on the categories like weather, volcanoes, mars and many more subjects. We are hopeful that Bangladesh will do much better this year,” Opu told the daily sun.
The eight Bangladeshi programmes are TexGuard and Planet Kit from Dhaka, Drone Tree Plantation and Polar Exploration from Chattogram, Research Assistant Robot and NextFLY of Cumilla, Eye Assistant of Rangpur and Luner VR from Sylhet region.
The eight programmes will get votes online for the next three months and then appear at the global final at NASA headquarters in the USA.Assistant Robot and NextFLY of Cumilla, Eye Assistant of Rangpur and Luner VR from Sylhet region.
The eight programmes will get votes online for the next three months and then appear at the global final at NASA headquarters in the USA.
When contacted, Chattogram region champion team Lead Magnolia Biswas said they have developed the prototype of drone-based tree plantation to reach green activities in hard-to-reach area.
“Firstly, we scan remote areas and search space for plantation. Then we assess the moisture level of the space according to the data received by NASA. In our programme, we introduced artificial intelligence. Using the drone, we drop seeds from sky, which can grow naturally,” Magnolia Biswas, a student of Premier University, told the daily sun.
In Universe of Beauty category, a virtual reality project from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will go to the world competition.
Nazmul Hossain leads the programme styled ‘Lunar VR’, which enables users to experience the NASA lunar landing site in virtual reality.
“The space focused application gives tastes a lunar-like environment as user can feel in reality. We input the authorised data from NASA in the application which will help learners to explore moon trips of the space agency,” Nazmul Hossain told the daily sun.
Bangladeshi students entered the top ten projects of NASA while the students got nominations in previous two editions in 2016 and 2015.