Project Ideas

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Biology and Biotechnology

Did you know biological processes can be dramatically different in space compared to on Earth? Help us better understand areas such as cell and tissue growth or microorganism development in microgravity!

Earth and Space Science

Space data is one of the most valuable resources when it comes to better understanding Earth. Study anything from glaciers to coral reefs to monitoring humanitarian crises.

Human Health

How will humans survive on Mars? Your space research can contribute to NASA’s biggest mission yet: bringing humans to Mars.

Physical Sciences

Uncover hidden aspects of physics and study how to create better materials for use on Earth and in space. Revolutionize the products that you use everyday!

Technology

We need next-gen technology for next-gen exploration. Test electronics, robotics, and futuristic materials to prepare humans for deep space travels.

Plant Sciences
& Biology

The ability of plants to provide a source of food and recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen may prove critical for astronauts who will live in space for months at a time. In addition, plants provide a sense of well-being.

NASA and the European Space Agency, or ESA, are studying how plants adapt to micro- and low-gravity environments in a series of experiments designed to determine the ability of vegetation to provide a complete, sustainable, dependable and economical means for human life support in space. As researchers continue to gain new knowledge of how plants grow and develop at a molecular level, this insight also may lead to significant advances in agriculture production on Earth.

[Source: NASA]

Lakewood High School

Hydrofuge

How do you overcome the behavior of water in microgravity and how it creates root rot in a plant system? Water collects or clumps together in microgravity and the centrifuge concept Hydrofuge spins the plant to dissipate the collection of water around the roots that oversaturates.

Hydrofuge on ISS

See basil grown in space, inside a NanoLab

Lakewood Hydrofuge

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

Algae Production in Microgravity

Duchesne students studied how different wavelengths of light, representing different colors, affect photosynthesis in a species of algae in the space environment. If a preferred color is identified, people will be able to grow algae faster in space, which is useful considering algae can be very useful in producing fuel.

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SPRK: Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids

Partnered with Edge of Space, Sphero wants to know if your favorite BB8 robot works in space. Sphero’s education team has sought to find out how their robotics systems work in microgravity to better understand future technology in space (while also getting students excited!)

Sphero in Space

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Technology Drives
Exploration

Space technology advances the future of exploration, science and our understanding of the universe. Our students are helping NASA and professionals seeks to improve our ability to access and travel through space; land  in more locations throughout the solar system; live and work in deep space, and answer profound questions in earth and space sciences.

Fremont Christian School

Who doesn't love robots?

Thirteen students enrolled in a Space Engineering class at Fremont Christian studied the effects of microgravity on a remotely controlled micro-robot named PI (Programmable Intelligence).

Meet the students behind the project

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St. Thomas More

The First Primary School CubeSat

All 400 students in pre-K to 8th grade participated in the design, building, and testing of STMSat-1. The satellite photographs Earth and transmits images back to Earth where St. Thomas More students share the images with more than 10,0000  grade school students around the world.

First Elementary School CubeSat

Deployed from ISS in May 2016

University of Central Florida

NanoRocks

Nanorocks flew to the ISS on Space-X 4 in early 2014. The experiment chamber consists of 8 sample cells containing different populations of micro-scale particles. The samples are periodically agitated to induce low-velocity collisions. This experiment studies the collisions at the formation of the solar system that eventually created the planets and other celestial objects, like planetary rings.

 

 

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Click to watch experiment in action!

Earth &
Space Science

Our Earth and space environment are constantly changing. Space provides a unique vantage point to collect Earth hand space science data. Contribute to our understanding of the world we live in and the space environment around us. Students can study anything from glaciers and coral reefs to monitoring humanitarian crises or studying solar activity.

 

EXPERT GUIDANCE DURING PROJECT CONCEPTUALIZATION

DreamUp approved experts with decades of space-based research experience review and approve all potential payloads.

TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING SUPPORT

Our partners at NanoRacks provide engineering support and oversee your experiment through the entire process- from safety, to requirements, to booking a launch, and operating the research in space with the astronaut crew!

myLAUNCH EXPERIENCE

With every Space Station research experiment comes the opportunity to join us in the myLAUNCH experience. Take a trip down to Kennedy Space Center or to the Wallops Flight Facility to watch your experiment fly to space.

And look to the left to learn a little bit more about what we offer our researchers!

Former NASA Administrator Gives Kudos to Student Researchers

Want To Get A Little Bit Technical? Read Below!

MixStix - Mixture Enclosure Tubes
NanoLabs
CubeSats

MixStix are the best starter set for your in-space research. These mixture-enclosure tubes are straight forward. There are two chambers which you fill with two different materials (materials, chemicals, bacteria, yeast, food particles, and more). Once they reach space, an astronaut then activates the tube by opening the center chamber by allowing the contents to mix. Then, they return to Earth and you can study how mixing in microgravity effected your materials. Students have researched disease proteins, concrete mixing, plant seeds, and more!

NanoLabs are our most powerful platform. Imagine a box — and then think outside of the box. Any experiment you can dream of, within NASA safety precautions of course, can be done inside this box. The box is ready with power and data, and you dream up the rest! Students have studied everything from materials, plant growth to biological processes, bacteria and more.

These small satellites are about the size of a loaf of bread (or smaller!) and deploy from the International Space Station. But they come with big power. From a CubeSat you can observe climate, ship tracking, on the ground developments, and more. CubeSats are the mostly complicated of our offerings — they require a satellite bus, radios and government licenses. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Basic Overview of MixStix

Let's Get Mixing

MixStix are our most basic research platform. These mixture enclosure tube allow students to test out biologicals, materials, chemicals, and more inside the chambers. Our most basic tubes allow astronauts to activate the tubes by hands, and our more advanced platform is automated, which allowed for more precise movements and measurements.

How to build a NanoLab

The technical interface

Our friends at NanoRacks made a name for themselves by standardizing research platforms — specifically with the NanoLab. Imagine a box – and whatever you can fit in that box (adhering to NASA safety!) as your research platform. Install plant chambers, electronics, biological experiments, materials, chemicals, and more. This technical document walks you through every step.

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