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 da...
HOW DID THIS PROJECT COME TO IRELAND
Dr Norah Patten – University of Limerick
Involved in a number of space project
initia...
The First Commercial Classroom in Space
Their goal is to facilitate real space
missions and opportunities for second
level student and aim to provide
everything n...
Customers use them
directly or through
educational partners.
Customers and partners
include:
School Districts
Universities...
MixStix will be
used for the
experiments.
Substances
(ones deemed
safe) are
packed into
clear silicon
tubes with
clamps.
T...
Mixture Tubes/MixStix

Hold up to 3 substances
Substances can be fluid, gas,
solid/powder
Holds 10 milliliters volume i...
Some examples of past
experiments are observations
of substances, elements, or
plants in microgravity as well
as more soph...
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WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO NOW!
What comes next:
Work in teams of 4/5 students
Submit an Abstract:
norah.patten@ul.ie
before...
THE ONLY WAY IS UP

What to put into the ‘abstract’?
Team Name & Name of Experiment.
250 word paragraph to describe your...
THE ONLY WAY IS UP: GUIDELINES FOR
EXPERIMENTS

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Must meet NanoRacks rules
• Avoid permanent magnets
• Avoid pressure ve...
FIELDS OF MICRO-GRAVITY EXPERIMENTS
CONDUCTED BY NANORACKS
Pharmaceutical
Silicone Crystal growth

Material science
Microb...
WHY TO GO TO SPACE?

• Physical and Biological processes are
different in microgravity.
• Uniqueness of microgravity
envir...
WHERE TO LOOK NEXT

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NanoRacks Platform-1 and NR-2

What would you
 Two research platformsup ?
dream developed and
funded by NanoRacks in just...
WINNER FROM THE SCHOOL
• Once the Abstracts have been have been
submitted a winning team will be selected.
• The winning t...
THE ONLY WAY IS UP: SPONSORS
Thank you

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  • 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
  • Eproxy
  • 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.

    1. 1. THE ONLY WAY IS UP! GROUND CONTROL TO IRISH TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS
    2. 2. 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 launch vehicle.
    3. 3. HOW DID THIS PROJECT COME TO IRELAND Dr Norah Patten – University of Limerick Involved in a number of space project initiatives in ireland and internationally . Visited the NASA in 2012
    4. 4. The First Commercial Classroom in Space
    5. 5. 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 http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_390.html
    6. 6. Customers use them directly or through educational partners. Customers and partners include: School Districts Universities Community Colleges Technical Schools NCESSE (National Center for Earth and Space Science Education) NASA http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/8190337497/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    7. 7. MixStix will be used for the experiments. Substances (ones deemed safe) are packed into clear silicon tubes with clamps. They are easily activated by
    8. 8. Mixture Tubes/MixStix Hold up to 3 substances Substances can be fluid, gas, solid/powder Holds 10 milliliters volume in total Refrigeration is allowed Students create a “flight unit” and a “control unit” Tube will be returned to the students for analysis
    9. 9. 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 antibiotic resistance.
    10. 10. / 17 12 0/ 1
    11. 11. WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO NOW! What comes next: Work in teams of 4/5 students Submit an Abstract: norah.patten@ul.ie before December 20th 2013
    12. 12. THE ONLY WAY IS UP What to put into the ‘abstract’? Team Name & Name of Experiment. 250 word paragraph to describe your experiment. What is it about? What materials/substances are involved? What do you hope to investigate? Why is this important to investigate? Submit to norah.patten@ul.ie By the December 20 th
    13. 13. THE ONLY WAY IS UP: GUIDELINES FOR EXPERIMENTS • 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 Sheets (MSDS’s)
    14. 14. FIELDS OF MICRO-GRAVITY EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED BY NANORACKS Pharmaceutical Silicone Crystal growth Material science Microbiology Biotechnology Physic laws Magnetic field research Combustion Plasma research Small animal research In space component testing
    15. 15. 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??
    16. 16. WHERE TO LOOK NEXT / 17 12 0/ 1
    17. 17. 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 students and researchers Permanent addition to U.S. National Lab on Space Station.
    18. 18. 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 Limerick. • From this judging panel the winner of the competition will be selected
    19. 19. THE ONLY WAY IS UP: SPONSORS Thank you Questions ?

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