: Ukraine's MarsHopper tops People's Choice finalists of NASA SpaceApps Challenge

12:47 May. 17, 2016

Ukraine's MarsHopper tops People's Choice finalists of NASA SpaceApps Challenge

Crew commander Gus Frederick and Greg Drayer, left, explore the terrain outside the Mars Desert Research Station, Monday, April 19, 2004, northwest of Hanksville, Utah. (AP Images)

Ukrainian team's invention was shortlisted to NASA SpaceApps 

The Ukrainian MarsHopper aircraft project developed by a team from Kyiv tops the list of the People's Choice finalists of NASA's SpaceApps Challenge 2016, one of the world's largest international annual hackathons, according to 2016.spaceappschallenge.org.

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The voting will close at 05:00 (UTC+4) on May 20, the hackathon's website said.

As of 11:00 Kyiv time on Tuesday, May 17, MarsHopper, which is computer modeling of a plane for investigation of Mars poles and its surroundings, scored about 12,300 supporters' votes.

Macedonia ranks second with its Avis project, a solution that involves a smart wristband and an Android app to help drone operators control the drone. It scored about 12,000 votes.

The Martian Oasis project, which is a game that simulates conditions in an off-Earth located permanent or temporary colony, developed by a team from Bangladesh, enjoys the support of about 10,800 voters.

The Wake up NEO project presented by developers from Belarus scored about 6,500 votes, while the U.S. hypnos project got nearly 4,500 votes. There were 25 semi-finalists.

Watch also Astronauts prepare for Mars expedition in Austrian glacier

This year Ukraine has participated in the hackathon for the first time, seeing a real chance of winning.

Reporting by UNIAN


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