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:
    • Transmission
    • Reflective

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).

13. What Is A Typical Payload-Building Timeline?

14. What are the upcoming available launches?