Sunday, March 26, 2017

Justin Lassen invited to launch a payload to space with ASAN space group!

 

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This isn’t a galaxy far far away… I recently went to the optometrist and had my eyes scanned. The doctor said I have unusually very healthy eyes! Cool! I think it’s so cool that our eyes look like little universes with galaxies and nebulas. Go science! Speaking of science, I was invited by ASAN to come launch a payload to space!

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The Scientists that started this Aphrodite set of missions for ASAN space agency.

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Working on the hardware that will be going to space!

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Corps of Engineers - US Army satellite calibration! #asanspace

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The satellite calibration target the device used to help track the launch! #usarmycorps #engineers #asanspace

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Me, Moheeb and Daniel from #ASAN heading to the launch site this morning!

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Arizona road trips, you run into this stuff.

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A giant #helium tank! On our way to launch a balloon!

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The payload.

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Preparing the chute.

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The tools and helium!

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Untangling. :)

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Filling the balloon!

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Chasing the balloon after 3 years of flight, to find its crash site.

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Found it! The agents now trek through the desert to recapture the hardware.

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X-Files and Sun shot from the morning!

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It landed EXACTLY where the GPS said it would. Technology is amazing. We were far out deep into the desert.

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A space capsule? or Art?

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Art!

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I shot most of the documentary footage from this adventure! Thanks for having me tag along to use my photography and videography skills!

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Celebration after successful launch of payload to space today!!!!

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We stopped by the #xerocraft #tucson #hackerspace

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The item went to space and they have the footage on a separate camera, stay tuned and I’ll update this blog later when they go public with that footage!

Phoenix Has A Space Agency.

The 5 core beliefs of ASAN:

  1. Everyone is always already an astronaut.
  1. Outer space is open by definition, and must be democratic and accessible to all astronauts.
  1. Relegating space solely to government actors and corporate interests necessarily creates false and unsustainable divides in the otherwise radically free cosmic environment.
  1. The only sustainable and democratic method of exploring outer space must be rooted in a decentralized network of community-based, autonomous space agencies.
  1. Space exploration without art is not worth the effort. The very existence of autonomous space agencies presupposes a will to creative independence.

Cool adventure, none-the-less! To be continued…

Friday, March 24, 2017

Justin Lassen invited to Mentor @ Emergentech: Hack ASU

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From their website:
EmergenTech: Hack ASU is a hybrid hackathon/pitch competition where participants will compete in multidisciplinary teams to apply emerging technologies to revolutionize public and private industries. Over 36-hours, participants will form teams, select an emerging technology for an industry focus and develop their prototypes and business concepts. The event will culminate in a pitch competition with a live audience and an elite judging-panel. Presentations will be judged on technical merits, design and concept feasibility. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.”

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Details:
EmergenTech: Hack ASU hackathon and pitch competition
Friday, March 24–Sunday March 26, 2017
6 p.m. Friday– 3 p.m. Sunday
College Avenue Commons (CAVC) third and fourth floors, Tempe campus

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The spider robots and dancing robots from #intelsoftware

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Me and Doug Davis (Intel) and his son! #emergentech #intelsoftware #asu #hackathon

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It's Doug Davis, Senior Vice President & GM Automated Driving Group at Intel! #keynote #emergentech #intelsoftware #asu #hackathon and he was giving thte keynote talk before this event!

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Turns out ASU has more innovators and does more innovation than anywhere else in the country. I didn’t know this. Even during a robot event, they beat out MIT. :)

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Proudly wearing my Emergentech shirt for the event!

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Stewart from #IntelSoftware #IoT brought dev tools and hardware for the hacking teams to work with

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Stewart and Moheeb getting the networking all setup for the devices

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Hack the planet! #Intelsoftware #NUC

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The intel spider robot!

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Stewart and Moheeb working with Students and Hackers

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Stewart (Intel) and Panch (ASU)

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Doug’s son overlooking the audience building up for the talk

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Doug giving his keynote

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It was cool to learn facts like China will have more top cities than anywhere else in the world, and it’s important for us in the western world to have a say in how those shape, technologically

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Food. wow. we waste a LOT of food. between 1/4th and 1/3rd of all food made, is just WASTED. we have enough food to feed EVERYONE on earth, and yet we will waste and we still don’t feed them. :(

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Mark and Panch giving their encouragement and wisdom to the student hackers

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Hanging in the front row :)

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Me and Mark! Cool guy!!

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We played with some robots while Dog talked Intel stuff.

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Me and my old classmate from back in the day (who also did one of my first-ever digital photoshoots) Taylor Searle now does Business Intelligence for The Wolff Company. #impressed

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Me with Brian, Taylor and Edwin from The Wolff Company. We were discussing innovation in general and innovative ways we can create new opportunities for the real estate market which according to their talk is still 30 years behind the times in technology. Deals in that world are still very much done on napkins and golfing. Very mafia. (just kidding)

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Innovators and Mentors meeting to help students!

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Students Hacking in ASU labs

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Seriously cool brain power!

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I loved that the different teams had different approaches, ideas and technology choices for this 36-hour hackathon.

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Here’s Moheeb’s pet rabbit. Just because.

The following are pics from Intel’s brilliant Stewart Christie!!

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Team FindParking win best use of Intel Technology, and 3rd place overall at #emergentech Hackathon at ASU, #intelsoftware #commercialiot

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I've fallen and the floor has detected that I can't get up #medicalalert featuring #intel #arduino101 at #emergentech #intelsoftware

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Smart parking and car detection using intel gateway, #emergentech #commercialiot #intelsoftware

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After 36 hours of hacking the teams gather to hear who's made it to top five. #emergentech #intelsoftware #commercialiot