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Chemical Sciences

Chemical Sciences

View a collection of customer chemical sciences space research experiments in internal NanoLabs as well as CubeSats deployed into low earth orbit from the International Space Station. Testing materials and forces, commercial microgravity research experiments include testing of ferrofluid, graphene, polyurethane, iron and growing a range of crystals.

Graphene Testing

Λ-Sat’s Hellenic Satellite is the first space-based experiment to study how the harsh radiation and vacuum of space affects graphene, a single-layer sheet of carbon atoms important in nanotechnology applications.

Customer: Hellenic Space Initiative
Research: Graphene Testing
NanoRacks Facility: Satellite Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2014 – 03/2015
Mission Status: Complete
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Rock Candy Crystals

The NSL Satellites Ltd-Rock Candy in Space experiment allows for the growing of sugar crystals in microgravity and compares them with sugar crystals formed on the ground. In microgravity, crystals can be grown larger and with better symmetry than those on Earth.

Customer: NSL Satellites Ltd
Research: Rock Candy Crystals
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 09/2013 -…

Polyurethane Repair Kit

South Houston High School’s Polyurethane Repair Kit for the ISS investigates whether these foams can be used to repair cracks or minor damage on space equipment. The investigation compares the density of foam produced in microgravity with foam produced on Earth.

Customer: South Houston High School
Research: Polyurethane Repair Kit
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
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Oil Bubble Mixing

The NSL Satellites Ltd-Oil Bubbles experiment is a student-designed investigation that explores whether microgravity affects a mixing phenomenon in space. Data from the investigation benefits materials research and future mixing methods in space.

Customer: NSL Satellites Ltd
Research: Oil Bubble Mixing
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 09/2013 – 03/2014

Iron Corrosion

LGHS Iron Corrosion investigates the behavior of iron as it is exposed to corroding elements in a microgravity environment and measures the ability of the iron to conduct electricity through electrical resistance testing.

Customer Name: Los Gatos High School
Research: Iron Corrosion in Microgravity
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 09/2012 – 09/2013
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Battery Performance

Riverside Christian Schools – Battery Performance Experiment provides insight as to whether microgravity has an impact on the performance of current battery technology. Specifically, does microgravity increase or decrease the useful life of a battery as compared to what is normally experienced in Earth gravity.

Customer: Riverside Christian High School
Research: Battery Performanc…

Ferrofluid Effects

Studying the effects of a variable magnetic field on Ferrofluids in microgravity. Ferrofluids are colloidal liquids made of nanoscale ferromagnetic, or ferrimagnetic, particles suspended in an organic solvent.

Customer Name: Valley Christian Schools
Research: Ferrofluid Effects in Microgravity
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 03 2012 – 03 2012
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Valley Christian Schools electroplating experiment examines the effects of electro-plating of gold and bronze in microgravity aboard the ISS and compares the results of identical electro-plating on Earth.

Customer Name: Valley Christian Schools
Research: Electroplating
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 03/2012 – 03/2012
Mission Status: Complete
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Zeolite Crystal Growth

Zeolite Crystal Growth is a university investigation on the International Space Station (ISS) using 24 liquid mixing tube assemblies that function similar to commercial “glow sticks”. The experiment is later returned to Earth.

Customer Name: Ohio State University
Research: Zeolite Crystal Growth
NanoRacks Facility: MixStix
Mission Duration: 01 2011 – 03 2012
Mission Status: Complete

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