As we announced in a previous post, the Met Office hosted the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge. This year, more than 1,200 projects have been created around the world.

Results

Rachel Prudden, member of the Lab, has been the team leader of one of the projects from the Met Office Hackathon: Clouds and Contrails which tackles how to tell the difference between the two.
This project has been shortlisted and is part of the 2016 global finalist nominees, along with four other international projects, for the Galactic Impact award.

Using the FlightAware API, they manage to assess the probability that a person is seeing a contrail instead of a cloud. For more information, watch the video below.

Summary of the project.

You can also use the code. All is open source on GitHub.

By the end of May, we will know if Rachel’s team won the main prize: places to see a NASA launch!
Stay tuned!