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View a range of physical science microgravity research experiments in NanoLabs on the International Space Station and CubeSats in low earth orbit. Commercial space research experiments include electroplating, laser imaging and photon entangling.

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…

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…

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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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
Mission Duration…

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…

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
Mission Status…


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
More Info: From NASA…


Studying the effects of microgravity on remotely controlled robot control mechanisms and mechanical devices to determine the feasibility of using robots to complete tasks in a microgravity environment, where the only force to overcome is friction.

Customer Name: Fremont Christian High School
Research: Micro Robotics
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 03/2013 -…

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