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Find out about educational space research opportunities with NanoRacks. Customers’ experiments are performed in CubeSats deployed into low earth orbit and in internal NanoLab modules on the International Space Station. Experiments range from core STEM research including studies in microgravity particle evolution and battery testing to seed germination and vermicomposting.

Hydrofuge Plant Chamber

The Lakewood High School Hydrofuge Plant Chamber Experiment aids the expansion of research surrounding deep space travel and helps in the determination of whether plant growth chambers are an adequate food source in space ship environments.

Customer: Lakewood High School
Research: Hydrofuge Plant Growth
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 03/2015 – 09/2015


The Bell Middle School Vermicomposting investigation studies whether red wiggler worms, a species of earthworm, are able to produce compost in space. Results are used to study the potential for composting as a form of recycling on future long-duration space missions.

Customer: Bell Middle School
Research: Vermicomposting
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 03/2015 -…

Sodium Laser Imaging

The Ground-Based Sodium Laser Guide Star Imaging of 1U CubeSats experiment demonstrates an adaptive optics system for ground-based tracking and identification of 10 centimeter CubeSats, improving imaging systems used to avoid satellite collisions.

Customer: Booz Allen Hamilton
Research: Sodium Laser Imaging
NanoRacks Facility: Satellite Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2015 – 09/2015…

Fluorescent Polarization

Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute’s Fluorescent Polarization in Microgravity (NanoRacks-Micro-gRx) research examines microgravity’s effect on fluorescent polarization, which paves the way for advanced biology research and drug development in space.

Customer: Sanford Burnham Research Institute
Research: Fluorescent Polarization
NanoRacks Facility: NanoRacks Plate Reader

Plant Seed Germination

Lagrange-1 Plant Seed Germination experiment connects students on Earth to the space program by sending their messages to the International Space Station, along with plant seeds that are germinated after being returned home

Customer: Lagrange Corp
Research: Plant Seed Germination
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 09/2015
Mission Status: Complete
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Collisional Particle Evolution

The ‘NanoRocks’ Collisional Evolution of Particles and Aggregates in Microgravity research explores low-energy collisions in microgravity to shed light on the formation of planetisimals, the building blocks of planets.

Customer: The University of Central Florida
Research: Collisional Particle Evolution
NanoRacks Facility: Internal Platform
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 09/2015

Photon Entangling

GOMX-2 is a Small Photon Entangling Quantum System from GomSpace that demonstrates a working polarization entangled photon source in low earth orbit, known as the Singapore Precision Engineering Quality Services (SPEQS) experiment.

Customer Name: GomSpace
Research: Small Photon Entangling
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 03/2015
Mission Status: Deployed…

Yeast Cell Growth

Awty-Yeast Cell Growth sends three different strains of yeast in one growth medium to a microgravity environment. The yeast selected are Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces ellipsoideus, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. A camera is used to determine rate of growth.

Customer Name: Awty International School
Research: Yeast Cell Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
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ArduSat Demonstration

Using crowd-sourced funding, Infinity Aerospace’s ArduSat-2 tests terrestrial electronics and hardware that have been minimally adapted for use in space, which lowers the cost of access to low Earth orbit. The ArduSat demonstrates the utility of the ArduSat system for small satellite research.

Customer Name: Infinity Aerospace
Research: ArduSat Demonstration
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat…

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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