Raspberry Pi to be launched into space

Two Raspberry Pi computers are to be taken into space.

British Astronaut Tim Peake will take the Raspberry Pis to the International Space Station as part of a school coding competition organised by UK Space and the European Space Agency.

Raspberry Pi to be launched into space

School students will be asked to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run on a Raspberry Pi in space.  Tim Peake will put the winning entries to the test on the ISS.

Dubbed the Astro Pi competition it will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are resident in the UK.

The competition will officially launch in January.

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said: “The Astro Pi competition is a fantastic opportunity for the students of Great Britain to get involved in a truly inspirational project. Through challenges like this, and initiatives like the Government’s YourLife campaign, we can illustrate the exciting careers open to those studying STEM subjects.

 

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