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Kris Kimmel of Kentucky Space is organizing the first hackerSPACE Workshop, which provides an opportunity for makers learn about building spacecraft from space professionals and engineers. The focus of the workshop is on the CubeSat satellite platform. The workshop is November 11-12 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The workshop will be led by Bob Twiggs, Emeritus professor and former director of the Space Systems Development Lab at Stanford University, now professor at Morehead State University and also with Kentucky Space. Bob is credited with inventing the CubeSat spacecraft, which is now helping to revolutionize space, putting it within reach of more people than ever.

Registration Fee is $150 general/$75 student

For information on participation in the workshop, please see the workshop page on the Kentucky Space website.

At this hands-on workshop you’ll learn:

  • About the ideation, design, engineering and assembly processes specific to creating your small orbiting (or suborbital) spacecrafts;
  • What systems are required to build a fully operational spacecraft;
  • About the range of potential satellite “apps.”
  • The kinds of tests your craft will have to pass before it can be launched;
  • About possible launch opportunities including NASA’s ElaNa program;
  • About building partnerships with NASA, DOD and other organizations;
  • How to raise the funds for your project(s) and, most importantly;
  • How to ward off the jealous neighbors.

MAKE magazine is a media sponsor of the event. Earlier this year, MAKE organized the Make Space Challenge with NASA, which encouraged makers to design experiments that can fly into space on the CubeSat platform. On Space Challenge page, you’ll find a webcast with Kris Kimel and others, which might give you a taste of what you’ll find at the workshop.


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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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