Solutions to the pandemic come from space
Some of the winning projects of the "Space in Response to Covid -19" call
Presented in these days the six winning projects of the call for proposals "Space in Response to Covid-19" launched in March 2020 in collaboration between the European Space Agency (Esa), the Italian Ministry for Digital Innovation and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). The best ideas, which exploit space technologies to successfully overcome the pandemic period, include: a smartphone application that helps monitor contagions thanks to satellite data, a robot that supports hospital staff, a coding platform to train aspiring astronauts.
There were over 100 proposals. The winning projects have then seen a concrete development thanks to the co-financing of 10 million Euros provided by ASI. Among these there is Code-19: small autonomous robots, already tested in hospitals, which, thanks to satellite technologies, move inside hospitals to transport materials, reports or biological samples. Then there is Epico-19 that, thanks to artificial intelligence algorithms, crosses epidemiological data and satellite images, allowing to monitor the spread of the pandemic. One section of the call was for the educational world. Here among the winners is Dreamcoder 2.0, a project that allows you to transfer a scientific project in an experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS).
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency