Node.js on a satellite means anyone can be a space programmer
What would happen if everyone with a normal driver’s license could fly an airplane just as safely and smoothly as a professional pilot? Somehow all the complicated levers, buttons and gauges inside the cockpit would be replaced with a familiar steering wheel, and a couple of pedals and levers. Suddenly, there would be a couple of billion eager new pilots available to fly planes, instead of the 130,000 commercial pilots there are now.
Industry-grade programming has traditionally been very complicated and expensive, requiring unique programming languages and skills. Buying an industrial robot is not difficult, but programming it to do something useful without it breaking things can take weeks or months – starting from finding a developer with the right programming skills.
Yes, you read it right. The Internet of Things is not just about helping your fridge to be friends with your microwave oven. It is also about enabling communications between satellites and other flying objects or connected devices on earth.
All this functionality in the Reaktor Space Program will be built in the cloud, which means that the Mission Control Center can be located anywhere in the world. You can check the status of your satellite with the browser in your smartphone – and you don’t even need an app for that.
So, the next time you are building a web page, you will also be honing your space-programmer skills.
Read more about Reaktor Space. The Reaktor Hello World is scheduled to be launched by the end of 2016.