Bryan Murphy and Sam Treadgold will host the Hack Chat on Wednesday, October 4 at noon Pacific.
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We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that a fair number of Hackaday readers went through a phase of model building growing up. To further push out that branch, we'll further guess that some of those models included spacecraft, both real and imaginary. And with good reason -- you don't get to space without some interesting engineering, a lot of which is reflected in the design of the vehicles intended to get there. Rockets are cool, satellites are cooler still, and if you can't actually go to space yourself, or at least be the person building the actual hardware, at least you can build a model and dare to dream.
But while a model on a stand or hanging from the ceiling on fishing line can certainly stimulate the imagination, wouldn't it be better if a model did something? Bryan Murphy and Sam Treadgold think so, which is why they've been working on the "ISS Mimic," which we recently featured. The 3D-printed 1:100 scale model of the International Space Station is equipped with servos that move the station's solar panels in real-time based on publically available telemetry. It's way more engaging than a static model, especially for kids just getting into STEM and related fields.
Bryan and Sam will stop by the Hack Chat to talk not just about the ISS Mimic, but about everything that has to do with modeling space. Who wouldn't love a desktop version of a Martian or lunar rover keeping pace with its full-scale counterpart? And wouldn't it be great to be able to visualize just how far away Voyager is right now? If it's out there, we should be able to bring it home, at least in model form.