Space has always been the ultimate frontier for imagination and exploration, and also for ingenuity, innovation and creativity. It has always been a source of inspiration and it is still a topic which attracts people of all ages, in addition to being a vital technological reality in our lifetimes.
Recent years have seen an increasing number of new proposals which are changing the way we access space and make use of its benefits. In this context, the Call for Space is open, a special section of the Maker Faire Rome offering anyone who has developed ideas, prototypes and projects in the space sector a chance to present their achievements to the public.
Today, anyone can be a protagonist in this sector in its various forms: crewed missions, robotic exploration of the solar system, Earth observation, fundamental science, biomedical research and education. This has been made possible largely by its inherent inter-disciplinary nature, which includes all human knowledge, including humanistic, and also by modern technologies which enable individuals to propose experiments, ideas and solutions and participate to the vision offered by this frontier.
The Call for Space offers a unique opportunity to present one’s achievements and discuss them in the vivid and vital context of the Maker Faire. The event this year will host a celebratory section with the aim of connecting today’s Makers for space with those of yesterday. The central nucleus of this section will be an area designated for Spaceflight containing a celebration of the Makers of the Apollo Program, of which it is recurring the fiftieth anniversary (culminating in the anniversary of the first man on the moon in July 2019), and the Italian Makers who produced, with typical inventiveness and improvisation, the first series of San Marco satellites.
The area dedicated to space will be implemented in collaboration with the Italian section of the British Interplanetary Society, curator of the technical and cultural aspects of the Spaceflight section, and the School of Aerospace Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome, which will be displaying valuable historical artefacts.
This area will focus on the legendary Apollo Guidance Computer, one of the greatest innovations of the Apollo Program, which will be also presented by Don Eyles, MIT computer programmer and engineer, an exceptional Maker who was involved in all the lunar missions. He will be supported by David Baker, PhD, and engineer, editor of the magazine Spaceflight and prolific author of books, who will about ingenuity and solutions that were the key to landing on the moon.
The secrets behind the San Marco Project will also be disclosed by explaining not only the technology, but also the art behind the uninterrupted success of these Italian artificial satellites created by the team of engineers and technicians put together by professor Luigi Broglio at the same time as the race for the Moon.
All participating Makers for Space will be able to display their own creations around and in contact with this section, discussing them with the public, interacting and possibly even creating new collaborations leading to new developments.
Makers for Space is a unique opportunity to celebrate the Makers for Space of yesterday and introduce those of today, whose inventiveness will be to the benefit of everyone. It will be a chance to understand the technologies available for these creations and learn about the opportunities that the sector offers on a small scale. It will be a chance to talk about space in a practical way, meeting the protagonists of the past and discovering the inventors of today, contributing with all the Makers to a future which is already ongoing.