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My name is Alexandros Kazantzidis and i am a 23-year-old student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I am really interested in working on this project since, i am at my final year of studying to be a geodesy engineer and my thesis project is the analysis of numerical integration in the problem of satellite orbit determination. I have a good knowledge of Python, Matlab and orbital mechanics and i truly believe that a chance to work on a project like this will have a great impact on my educational process. As a student in Surveying and Rural Engineering i have an experience in taking on a project dedicating lots of my time in it and come up with the best result possible. I am also familiar with key features of this project like heavy computations, interpolation techniques and kalman filters which i think would be a great implementation in this particular project of yours.
As a next step for my researching career i would like to continue with a master at modern Space Geodesy systems and applications and later as a PhD student. I have already talked with my professor and mentor Dimitrios Tsoulis and i am seriously thinking of continuing my career as a Phd student in Aristotle University. Furthermore, i have been awarded the 4th price for the EGSIEM student competition of 2016 and i will have the chance to attend the summer school organised by the EGSIEM research project in Potsdam at the GFZ Heimholtz Centre (
My email address is and the share draft in the official Google Summer of code website contains more details about the project itself. I would very much appreciate any feedback you can provide me.
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Mobile phone :+30 6948442813
Skype : Alexandros Kazantzidis

Respectfully, Alexandros Kazantzidis

I am 3rd Year Undergraduate Student of Aerospace Engg IIT Bombay, India. I am interested in working on Comet Trails: GPU integration for particle simulation in GSOC 2017. I am thinking of using NVIDIA CUDA for parallelization of thee code. So, i am thinking of understanding the code base of the Comet Trails first to get some idea. The code is huge, i saw it on Github, so i would ask you from where to start off?
I have done a course on Spaceflight Mechanics and have used CUDA, so I would also like to know what additional knowledge is required to understand the code and if possible could you please tell me some reference papers/abstracts which would cover up the knowledge gap required to understand the code.

I have seen your GSoC proposal. I would be happy to learn more about your projects and discuss how I can be useful, so I’d be really grateful if you could provide some guidelines to where I shall start. Thank you.
A few words about myself:
My name is Maxim Brilenkov, I'm from Odesa, Ukraine. I’m a holder of Bachelor degree in theoretical physics, but my passion is cosmology. Right now I’m on my first year of master studies in Padova University, Italy. The topics of my study are astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology.
I am really fond of astrophysics, as well as programming, so I try to invest as much time as I can in these branches of science. As a researcher, I want to continue my “journey” as a PhD student and I realize that programming skills can be a tremendous boost for later scientific activity. So, now I’m concentrating on the projects which combine both physics/astrophysics and programming.
My experience involves several research papers dedicated to the problems of dark matter and dark energy, and also I've been using programming for my academic projects for about 3 years already. Technologies I worked with: C#, Mathematica, OpenGL, Python.
I'd like to start working with you! If you have some questions, do not hesitate to ask.
Maxim Brilenkov

Hi, I recently stumbled upon your project "[gsoc17-a03] Lone Pseudoranger: orbit position data analysis and interpolation (3d)" on the Google Summer of Code 2017 platform. I would like to contribute to it but I apparently have already missed the "Potential participants discussion" phase. Can I still participate in the project?

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I wish to contribute for Signal detection and decoding for ADSB [gsoc17-a11] . But I want to know what other skills and competency level is the mentor seeking within the candidate.
And how should I get started.


I want to write the Google Summer code 2014 under the mentoring of Aerospace Research organisation. I want to write a code for prediction of planets which are hidden and travel with speed of light i.e. plasma.

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Call for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014! Google awards stipends of US$5500 to selected students[0] accepts applications for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code (GSOC) 2014, now! As a mentor, you can realize your space software, and as a student you are coding it during the summer and are paid US$5500 by Google for it!

The application period for Mentors is open now and you can apply via [1]. So be creative and propose your idea and be a trustworthy mentor to a young and creative mind!

For you students, the application period starts 10 March and will end 21 March. Prepare yourself and read our and all the other 190 organizations' ideas. And then come back to, because we have the most awesome coding ideas for your. They are all space applications! Here is a brief overview:

    [SSGT-XX] Solar System Grand Tour (continuation of last year's GSOC project)
    [DGSN-XX] Distributed Ground Station Network
    [COMT-XX] Comet Trails (supported by Institute of Space Systems, Stuttgart University)
    [SNET-XX] Sensor Networks (supported by RadioPunks)
    [DEOP-XX] Dynamical Evolution of Protoplanets

GSOC is an annual coding campaign, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5500) to selected students who work on free and open-source software projects for certain organizations during the summer. This year it is Google's 10th Summer of Code. It will be bigger and better! With this years 190 organizations, it tops last year's 177 open source projects and organizations who took part and mentored 1,192 students and their projects.
In general, GSOC is open for students aged 18 and older. It offers diverse projects ranging from software development for Wikipedia and Linux operating systems, to mobile platforms, to firmware and also academic work on basic algorithms. People can also mentor emerging developers during their three months of work and provide support and personal help.

On a private remark about GSOC 2013, was lucky to have been selected as an organization and mentoring three students. This was an "awesome and motivating" experience and we advise projects and students alike to visit GSOC 2014 website and apply! You can find our information and ideas via [1].
During GSOC 2013, we mentored 3 students who coded open-source space application. So this is your chance to combine three things you like during summer: space, programming and money. Of course Google looks for talented programmers like you!

Being a mentor is inspiring because you support great students and great space projects. Mentors are also invited to Google HQ in Mountain View (paid flight) to the mentors summit and get a tour. This is rewarding in many ways to be part of such a great campaign!
You, as a mentor or student, can propose and let your space project ideas be realized! So if you have coding ideas for your project, you can propose them to us and we will announce them on our ideas page to the coding GSOC students. Here is your chance to find further helping hands. has open space for everyone!


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Please be so kind and tell us your opinion!
You know that the radio frequency spectrum is getting crowded. It also affects space. So Would you participate in a distributed sensor array that will measure what's going on near you and put it on a global map for everyone to see and analyze it?

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The vote is on...

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