Educational Programs

NanoRacks operates the world’s first commercial laboratory in space, serving the education, basic research and commercial research communities.

Our commercial ISS laboratory serves internal payloads at all price points, from basic student opportunities at $15,000 to $100,000 and up for advanced hardware.

Our Educational Partners

Our Educational Opportunities

NanoRacks fully supports student-conducted experiments that focus on microgravity as a variable. Experiments usually fall into one of these three categories:

  • Technology Demonstration (Air, Water, Surface Monitoring, Radiation Measurement, Communication & Navigation, Satellite Technologies, Spacecraft Materials, Robotics & Imaging, Orbital Environment, Avionics & Software)
  • Biology and Biotechnology (Microbiology/Cellular/Other, Animal Biology, Plant Biology)
  • Physical Sciences (Combustion Science, Material Science) and Astronomy.

What have students studied in the past? So far, they have mixed concrete, worked with ferromagnetic fluids, studied bone deterioration and one high school has even electroplated gold in space.

Students can take advantage of NanoRacks’ two standardized research platforms aboard the ISS inside the U.S. National Lab. Each platform houses up to 16 research modules (known as NanoLabs) that can contain a wide range of experiments. Each NanoLab is plugged into the ISS power and communications system by a NASA astronaut for 30 days, offering students a dynamic chance to test scientific theories in the unique atmosphere of space. We call this the ultimate “plug and play!”

The four-inch NanoLab can house endless varieties of experiments. Past and current NanoLabs are built using different electronics and hardware, but can be as simple as looking at materials in a petri dish. As the designer, you can utilize microcontrollers, arduino-software controls, mixture tubes, plate readers, centrifuge, and more.

There is a power source on the Station, and you can receive in-flight data returns if needed for your project. Please see our resources section or if you would like additional information please contact us at infoeducation@nanoracks.com. We are happy to speak to instructors and mentors who would like to undertake an ISS project via NanoRacks.