An Out of this World Programming Opportunity… Quite Literally…

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

For the first time, students from around the world can send and execute their own code in space (Low Earth Orbit).

Students may submit proposals and the selected submissions will be uploaded to a smallsat orbiting Earth.

The code will be executed by the satellite’s onboard computer and will be tested under real space environment conditions. The code executions test results will be transmitted back to Earth via a satellite ground station.

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

Smallsats offer versatile applications in Earth Observation (EO), geolocation and logistics, signal monitoring, communications and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as general scientific applications and 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 as they allow for a better EO, 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
  • 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?

  • 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)
  • Enroll in Spaceport Platform ( For team based participation, each member of the team should create his/her own profile.
  • Join “Space Challenge: Kuwait Edition” by using the code: 7c17a2c4
  • Complete educational units to earn a minimum of 20 points
  • 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
  • Submit your proposal electronically to


Important Dates

  • Deadline to earn minimum of 20 points on Spaceport Platform: July 31, 2020
  • ​Deadline to submit proposals: October 30



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

Satellite Communications

  • M2M and IoT
  • Digital Broadcasting
  • Broadband Communication
  • Spectrum Sharing and Frequency Reuse
  • Multi-casting and Frame Clustering
  • Modulation and Signal Processing
  • Carrier Phase/Time Coherency and Calibration Techniques


Satellite Operating System (Flight Software)

  • Data Processing and Storage
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Re-configurability and Modularity of Payload/System
  • High Throughput and Service Efficiency
  • Flight Software and Reliability and Resource Allocation (power, bandwidth, stability, etc.)


Ground Operations

  • Ground and On-Orbit Tracking of Satellites
  • Ground-based Satellite Position Determination
  • Ground Station Networks



  • Scientific investigations (based on onboard sensor readings, such as temperature, magnetic field, acceleration, and light)
  • Games using Satellite Signals or Data



Proposals will be evaluated based on various criteria such as:

  • Solution/concept objective and justification
  • Clarity and critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Practicality/feasibility of executing the code by the satellite onboard computer
  • Impact on society
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