So, you want to send research into space?
That’s awesome! We want to help you. Here’s the checklist of what you need to consider before starting your journey.
- Determine what you want to research in your science classroom. Are you teaching biology this year? Physics? What kind of experiments do you do?
- Get inspiration from our examples of success. We’ve flown 375+ educational payloads to date both on the International Space Station and suborbitally on Blue Origin!
- Check out our available hardware:
- MixStix, a good starting point: an enclosure with 2 or 3 chambers, similar to a test tube, containing materials that can be combined or shaken by an astronaut during its time on the International Space Station
- NanoLabs, take it to the next level: a customized enclosure, ranging in size but usually 10x10x15 centimeters, offering more capabilities and volume for the experiment you want to put inside
- CubeSats, launch from the International Space Station: small satellites that orbit the Earth, which can be designed for your needs and communicate with you for 1-2 years
- Something Else? We can work with you! We want your research to be your own. Let us know what you need, and we’ll see how to make it happen.
- Need assistance outlining the specifics of an experiment? Talk to us! We can walk you through the process and provide feedback.
- Design the curricula to accompany your experiment or use one of ours.
- Decide what you’d like to be part of your experience – there are lots of options:
- myLAUNCH: Come experience the thrill of a rocket launch – and see your research fly to space!
- Contests: We’ve organized country-wide contests where teams of students compete to launch an experiment. We can custom design a contest to fit your community’s needs.
- Evaluation: We’re all about impact. We know how valuable hands-on research opportunities are for students. Let’s get the data to prove it.
- Think about your sources of funding. Can we help you apply for a grant?
- Get in touch! Keep in mind that an experiment will take 6+ months to develop and launch, so we recommend beginning to think about your experiment about a year in advance of when you’d like to see it launch.