it is a low earth orbit space station mean it is close to earth. It orbits the earth every 90mins.
My colleague Dr Norah Patten is the main driver behind this project. She has been involved in a number of space project initiatives over her careers. She has even been to Cape Canaveral to see NASA. Can see the size of the modern day launch vehicles . Launch centre – this is what you see on movies – this is the launch centre that takes care of the launches and will be in control of the winning teams experiment.
The company responsible in bring this opportunity to you is an American company. In operation for a couple of years. Agreement with NASA to allow them to use research facility at space station. They developed the first commercial classroom in terms of student developing research for space.
What are they all about Allow for access to space.
Work with school districts and universities and they are obviously partners with NASA to carry out space experiments.
Mixture Tubes; Here we see examples of what a MixStix actually looks like. Up to three different substances can be places in the tube and are mixed in space. The tube will spend 30 days on the space station and will be returned to earth for examination
1.8 milliliters is the minimum size on any side of the tube Clamps take up 0.8 milliliters Close with a pressure fit
Loads of different types of experiment that can fly. Some examples of things that have flown in the past.
So what happens? Here you see the process of the students preparing the experiment all the way to it going into space. It will be launched on a rocket, either from Florida or Russia and will travel to the ISS where the astronaut will ‘activate’ the experiment by breaking the tubes. This allows the two components/substances to mix together
Neodymium magnets =permanent magnets
This is an excellent website to gain an idea of what has flown before. There are several examples of experiments that have flown. Highly recommend you have a look at this website for some ideas of what has been flown previously
The Only Way Is Up Science Competition.
THE ONLY WAY IS UP!
GROUND CONTROL TO IRISH TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
• Is the first of its kind in Ireland
• Allowing a project designed by Irish students
to spend 30 days orbiting the Earth.
• The winning experiment will fly to the
International Space Station (ISS) on board a
HOW DID THIS PROJECT COME TO IRELAND
Dr Norah Patten – University of Limerick
Involved in a number of space project
initiatives in ireland and
Visited the NASA in 2012
Their goal is to facilitate real space
missions and opportunities for second
level student and aim to provide
everything needed to get your
research and discovery mission
underway on the ISS
Customers use them
directly or through
Customers and partners
Center for Earth and
MixStix will be
used for the
They are easily
Hold up to 3 substances
Substances can be fluid, gas,
Holds 10 milliliters volume in total
Refrigeration is allowed
Students create a “flight unit” and a
Tube will be returned to the students
Some examples of past
experiments are observations
of substances, elements, or
plants in microgravity as well
as more sophisticated
procedures such as a
biological growth and study of
WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO NOW!
What comes next:
Work in teams of 4/5 students
Submit an Abstract:
before December 20th 2013
THE ONLY WAY IS UP
What to put into the ‘abstract’?
Team Name & Name of Experiment.
250 word paragraph to describe your
What is it about?
What materials/substances are
What do you hope to investigate?
Why is this important to
By the December 20 th
THE ONLY WAY IS UP: GUIDELINES FOR
Must meet NanoRacks rules
• Avoid permanent magnets
• Avoid pressure vessels (make sure
your contents wont expand so much
they break the tube)
• Avoid substances with toxicity higher
than 2 on Materials Safety Data
FIELDS OF MICRO-GRAVITY EXPERIMENTS
CONDUCTED BY NANORACKS
Silicone Crystal growth
Magnetic field research
Small animal research
In space component testing
WHY TO GO TO SPACE?
• Physical and Biological processes are
different in microgravity.
• Uniqueness of microgravity
environment can enable new
commercial products to be developed.
Perhaps develop technologies required for the
permanent occupation of space??
NanoRacks Platform-1 and NR-2
What would you
Two research platformsup ?
dream developed and
funded by NanoRacks in just six months;
16 payload slots in the CubeSat form
factor of 10 cm by 10 cm by 10 cm
USB standard interface
Allows the ultimate plug-and-play for
for payloads—customers includes
Permanent addition to U.S. National Lab
on Space Station.
WINNER FROM THE SCHOOL
• Once the Abstracts have been have been
submitted a winning team will be selected.
• The winning team from the school will have
an opportunity to present their experiment to
a panel of judges in the University of
• From this judging panel the winner of the
competition will be selected
THE ONLY WAY IS UP: SPONSORS
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