ESA recruits 'makers' for space tech
In this episode of Space Cowboys we talk to Frank Zeppenfeldt from ESA about the Space Makers initiative. The 'Maker Movement' is a movement of inventors, hackers and tinkerers who help and inspire each other online, in 'maker spaces' and at events.
ESA has started projects where scientists and companies develop stuff ESA could use in spacecraft, or that would make space technology useful for people. An example is a wearable device that in some way has 'satellite communication capabilities'. Space Makers initiatives are ongoing in Ireland, Switzerland and Germany with more on the way.
We ask Frank what Space Makers has brought ESA so far in terms of working devices and how this differs from regular assignments to space tech companies.
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