11 Flight Opportunities to Date

124 Participating Communities

35 States. 4 Canadian Provinces

11,151 Proposals Received

49,260 Students Grade 5-15 Engaged

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership withNanoRacks LLC, working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumCenter for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc., are U.S. National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Magellan Aerospace is a Canadian National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program


Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Dr. Jeff Goldstein is a nationally recognized science educator, and planetary scientist, who has dedicated his career to the public understanding of science and the joys of learning. As NCESSE Center Director, he is responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery of national science education initiatives with a focus on earth and space. He established the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program as the first National STEM Initiative as a commercial space venture. Follow Dr. Jeff Goldstein on Twitter: @DoctorJeff


Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland & CSS-Dynamac

Florida Institute of Technology

Stanford, NASA Ames, and Sandford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

University of California-Davis, SciStarter, ScienceCheerleader.com

University of Central Florida

Space Florida, the State’s spaceport authority and aerospace economic development organization, NanoRacks, LLC, and DreamUp announced a partnership to host the Space Florida International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition. As part of this program, DreamUp provided up to eight Payload Box Units (NanoLabs) to fly payloads to the ISS, with scientific research that conducted on board the U.S. National Lab. Space Florida covered the costs of research payload transportation to the ISS for the eight winning applicants. The Space Florida ISS Research Competition is designed to inspire innovation and enable unique research opportunities and access for customers to the ISS. 


Fremont Christian High School

Riverside Christian High School

Maranatha Christian High School

Girl Scouts of the Islands of Hawai'i

Minnehaha Christian Academy

Los Gatos High School

BE-WISE Organization of San Diego

Valley Christian partnered with DreamUp, NanoRacks, and the Quest Intitute for the first-ever high school MicroLab experiment on the ISS in 2011. Since then, Valley Christian School students have led the development of ISS-research programs at 7 other schools. The ISS Program provides students with the opportunity to conceive, design, build, test, integrate, and qualify computer-controlled science experiments that are then sent into space. The experiments are active on the International Space Station for 30 days, during which time each experiment module contains a digital camera and a student-programmed micro-controller. Partner schools work with VCHS students on this project, allowing our students to interface with as many as 200 students from all around the world.