Code in Space!


Out of this world programming opportunity...literally!

Orbital Space, in collaboration with the Space Challenges Program and EnduroSat, is announcing “Code in Space” an international online programming opportunity for students!

New Space (or Space 2.0) is revolutionizing the satellite industry by enabling the production of low-cost satellites in shorter periods of time.

Nanosatellites offer versatile applications in Earth observation, geolocation and logistics, signal monitoring, communications and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as general scientific applications. Nanosatellites have demonstrated the potential of distributed satellite networks (constellations). That is, a group of low-cost miniature satellites that communicate with each other to perform tasks. Satellite constellations are beneficial to humanity, enabling a safer, more connected, more secure World because they allow for a better Earth observation, timing, navigation, and communication. They also connect many overlooked communities and remote areas and offer redundancy and granularity of services. However, despite the many benefits of satellite technology, there are still many challenges to overcome.

  • To increase awareness about current opportunities and challenges in the satellite industry 

  • To encourage solutions to current challenges faced by the satellite industry

  • To encourage and empower students to design and develop new concepts that could contribute to the advancement of satellite technology 

  • To increase awareness about new space (space 2.0) revolution and its potential impact on humanity

Explore a topic that interests you and learn more about its real-life setting

The code will be uploaded to the nanosatellite from a ground station operating in UHF frequency range. The code will be executed by EnduroSat's Onboard Computer Type I (high-performance and low-power computing platform). Code executions test results will be received by a ground station operating in UHF frequency range.

Who is eligible?

Code in Space is open to all students from all schools and universities around the world.

How can you participate?

  1. Participation can be individual, or team based and should include a mentor (teacher/ university faculty member or scientist affiliated with a school or academic/ research institution)

  2. Enroll in Spaceport Platform ( For team based participation, each member of the team should create his/her own profile.

  3. Join "Space Challenge: Kuwait Edition" by using the code: 7c17a2c4

  4. Complete educational units to earn a minimum of 20 points   

  5. Come up with a solution for current challenge or limitation in the satellite industry or new concept that could be of value to satellite technology

  6. Submit your proposal electronically to

Important Dates:


Deadline to earn minimum of 20 points on Spaceport Platform: October 30th 2020

Deadline to submit proposals: December 30th 2020  


Topics should be new concepts addressing current challenges and limitations of satellite technology. Proposed topics could be within the following tracks

Satellite Communications

Satellite Operating System (Flight Software)

Ground Operations



Proposals will be evaluated based on various criteria such as:

Solution/concept objective and justification

Clarity and critical thinking


Practicality/feasibility of executing the code by the satellite onboard computer

Impact on society


M2M & IoT

Digital Broadcasting

Broadband Communication

Spectrum Sharing & Frequency Reuse

Multicasting & Frame Clustering

Modulation & Signal Processing

Encryption & Security

Carrier Phase/ Time Coherency & Calibration Techniques

Data Processing & Storage

Guidance, Navigation & Control

Re-configurability & Modularity of Payload/System

High Throughput & Service Efficiency

Flight Software Reliability & Redundancy

In-flight Re-configurability & Resource Reallocation (power, bandwidth, stability, etc.)

Ground & In-orbit Tracking of Satellites

Ground-based Satellite Position Determination

Ground Stations Networks

Scientific Investigations (based on onboard sensors readings such as temperature, magnetic field, acceleration, and light)

Games using Satellite Signals or Data

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