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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.

Microbial Growth

The University of California Comparison of the Growth Rate and DNA Characterization of Microgravity Exposed Microbial Community Samples (MERCCURI) compares how various microbial communities grow on the ground and in microgravity.

Customer: University of California
Research: Microbial Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoRacks Plate Reader
Mission Duration: 03/2014 – 09/2014
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Pollen Propulsion

Ambassador High School’s Pollen Propulsion is a Microgravity Environment provides insight as to whether or not pollen grains can be propelled across a short distance in a microgravity when a small fan is activated. The goal of this investigation is to determine if pollen can be transported from plant to plant in a microgravity environment.

Customer: Ambassador High School
Research: Pollen…

ArduLab Demonstration

NanoRacks- ArduLab-1 Tech Demo is a technical demonstration of the ArduLab microcontroller board system for use with the NanoRacks modular experiment system. The ArduLab employs simple measuring instruments to demonstrate the utility of the ArduLab system for future experimental use.

Customer Name: Infinity Aerospace
Research: Technical Demonstration
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab…

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 -…

Meteorological Phenomena

UAPSAT-1 studies meteorological phenomena from space. The picosatellite was designed and programmed at Alas Peruanas University in Peru, to verify the students’ design methods and to tests various instruments designed to measure meteorological impacts on Earth.

Customer: Alas Peruanas University
Research: Meteorological Phenomena
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
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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
Mission Status…

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…

Bacteria Growth

The Riverside Christian Schools Bacteria Growth Experiment provides insight as to the potential impact of microgravity on the growth cycle of bacteria. Does microgravity change the nominal growth time cycle of E. coli bacteria as compared to what is normally experienced in Earth gravity?

Customer: Riverside Christian High School
Research: Bacteria Growth
NanoRacks Facility: Interna…

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