Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
2. What are the most commonly used sensors for experiments? 6. Are the microscope and plate reader considered to be separate from my 1U?
1. What are the categories of experiments?
- Technology Demonstration
- Air, Water, Surface Monitoring
- Radiation Measurement
- Communication and Navigation
- Satellite Technologies
- Spacecraft Technologies
- Robotics and Imaging
- Orbital Environment
- Avionics and Software
- Biology and Biotechnology
- Microbiology/Cellular/ Other
- Animal Biology
- Plant Biology
- Physical Sciences
- Combustion Science
- Material Science
2. What are the most commonly used sensors for experiments?
- Cameras and temperature gauges
3. When a NanoLab is put onto the Station, what kind of temperature is it in?
- It is around 80 degrees Fahrenheit
4. Can the temperature be adjusted?
- NanoLabs can be refrigerated
- If a shipment needs refrigeration for launch, please include cold packs
- We recommend a dependable shipping company such as FedEx, DHL, World Courier, or UPS. If you need to cold-ship we recommend a NanoCool Box
- A heater or peltier cooler may also be included
5. How much time passes from when it leaves our hands to when it gets powered up?
- Refrigerated items are needed four days prior to plug-in
- Non-refrigerated items are needed two weeks prior
6. Are the microscope and plate reader considered separate from my 1U?
- Yes, they are separate of your 1U
- Two types of reading include:
7. How can the NanoLab be altered? Can we use glue and drill holes in it?
- Yes! Make sure the glue is not "off-gassing" glue. Epoxy or superglue are okay.
8. What is included in the basic price?
- Paperwork required for space transportation
- Handling of safety review
- Transportation to the Space Station
- Insertion of payload in the NanoRacks Platform
- A power source
- Price does not allow for missions longer than 30 days
- Certain demands on our Mission Control, insurance for your payload, custom requests, and more than 2 hours of consulting on payload per development per 1U are not included. After a certain point, NanoRacks does charge for consulting on payload development
9. Can off-the-shelf sensors and cameras such as the ones sold by SparkFun be used in my project?
- All are approved unless deemed unsafe due to possible sparking, off-gassing, etc.
10. How many units can be used?
11. How Are Experiments Selected?
Every single project is DreamUp Approved.
- Crowdsourcing Projects:
- For crowdsourcing, too often the programs are unrealistc- before a crowdsourcing project can be listed with DreamUp, it is evaluated by our advisory board.
- Already Have Funding:
- Contact Us with information about your experiment and our DreamUp team will make sure the project meets a number of qualifications, and help you develop your project if a certain safety standard isn't met.
When our team of experts analyzes your future space payload, they are looking at a number of qualifications. Space experimentation requires meeting standards set by NanoRacks, NASA, and the International Space Station partners.
12. DreamUp Will List Your Experiment If:
- Your team seems to have the capacity to design the required hardware.
- The space hardware is doable.
- Your team, if successful in crowdsourcing or receiving grants, will likely have the necessary funds to implement the project.
- The space-based implementation plan is feasible and realisitc (launch provider and/or space services partner is identified).