Quindar is the open-source mission operations software for the space startup ecosystem. We engage with the space and developer community to support and democratize everyone's pursuit of advancing the space economy. Last month, Quindar collaborated with the Space Apps Challenge, a NASA incubator innovation program that spanned 187 hackathons, 69 countries and more than 25,000 participants.
Audacy co-founder and Head of Spacecraft Integration Sam Avery opened the Space Apps Berkeley event with a keynote on how Earth's challenges can be seen and addressed in real time. Audacy’s Quindar application is a flexible, browser-based platform that can be used for real-time spacecraft command, telemetry monitoring, and payload data processing. Quindar can integrate with other open data initiatives to run simulations or be customized for other applications.
At the Space Apps Berkeley event, 188 participants split into 12 teams to build space-based solutions to terrestrial challenges with NASA's open data from monitoring natural disasters to addressing ecological systems. Two Berkeley teams were nominated compete internationally: Climate Go provides social and gamified incentives to perform environmentally beneficial activities, and FlareVR educates users about Earth science satellite missions.
In 2015, VCs invested $1.8B into commercial space startups, more than the previous 15 years combined. With this investment momentum, new space startups have more opportunities than ever to create and scale commercial endeavors. Once reserved for government initiatives, access to space technology and data has become so attainable that space projects can be created and launched in the span of a weekend. Working directly with the space industry and building the Quindar community has given us insights into designing industry-distributed technology. We are reminded that commercial space initiatives are the next generation technological revolution, and can get started in only a couple of days.