On 4 November 2016, ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet kicked off the first European Astro Pi Challenge! Thomas is now on board the International Space Station (ISS) with the Proxima mission, and he’s looking forward to helping out with the Astro Pi Challenge.

Below, teams that have been selected for Phase 2 of the Astro Pi Challenge will find the information they need to help them compile and submit their application by the 28 February deadline.

Mission report template 

You’ll need to describe your missions, including the expected results, by filling out this template.

The reports must be submitted in Englishexcept for the French and Portuguese teams who can submit their entries in their native language.

  • If you’re a French team, please go to the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) webpage to download the report template in French.
  • If you’re a Portuguese team, please go to the ESERO Portugal webpage to download the report template in Portuguese.

Please note that only entries that use the mission report template to describe their missions will be accepted.

How to submit your application

  • If you’re a team from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, please go to Final Submission [EN].
  • If you’re a team from France, please go to Soumission Finale [FR].
  • If you’re a team from Portugal, please go to Submissão Final [PT].

You can choose to write one single program to attempt both missions, or two different programs, one for each mission. The amount of time available to each team to run the programs can’t exceed 3 hours in total. If you submit just one program for both missions, it will be running for 3 hours. If you submit two program files, you’ll need to indicate how you want to divide the 3 hours of allocated time for the two programs, otherwise we will assume each program should run for 1h 30m.

Teams can submit their application from 27 January until 28 February 2017.

Evaluation criteria

The teams’ entries will be evaluated based on their:

  • Scientific value
  • Creativity and originality
  • Feasibility of the missions within the ISS environment
  • Code readability and quality
  • Overall rigour, clarity, and comprehensiveness

Thomas Pesquet, ESA, ESERO, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, CNES, and the UK Space Agency wish you the best of luck!


If you have any questions regarding Astro Pi, please check the FAQ section of the Astro Pi website or join the Astro Pi forums. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please send an email to