UNOOSA and ESA open the opportunity to conduct hypergravity experiments
Press release from: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Posted: Wednesday September 1 2021
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) open the 2nd cycle of applications for the HyperGES hypergravity experiments program. The program is a cooperation of UNOOSA and ESA under the Access to Space for All initiative. It offers the possibility to conduct hypergravity experiments in the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) facility of the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijik, the Netherlands. Teams of students from all over the world – especially from developing countries – supported by scientists and researchers are invited to submit their applications before February 28, 2022.
The HyperGES program contributes to capacity building and the promotion of space education and research around the world. Developed by ESA, the large-diameter centrifuge allows experiments under gravity conditions ranging from 1g to 20g, where g is the gravitational acceleration at the Earth’s surface, and is flexible in terms of scenarios of experience, duration and possible equipment to use. Such experiments in hypergravity environments can be used to advance research in different scientific fields such as biology, medicine, materials science and fluid dynamics and represent a feasible entry point to acquire new knowledge and technology.
The 1st round of HyperGES was awarded to Mahidol University of Thailand. The team is currently developing their experiment to study the effect of hypergravity on water meal, which could be a source of food and oxygen for future space exploration activities.
In preparation for the applications, ESA supported UNOOSA with a series of dedicated webinars. The webinars provide an overview of the fundamentals, special features and benefits of the hypergravity / microgravity environment. They provide insight into the types of research, applications and how to develop experiments for hypergravity / microgravity. The material for the webinar series is available at the following website:
UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo said: “Through the joint work of the Office and its partners, the Access to Space for All Initiative plays a key role in bridging the space divide. By providing access to state-of-the-art facilities such as the Large Diameter Centrifuge from all United Nations Member States, ESA reaffirms its commitment as one of the partners of the Access to Space for All Initiative. Sustainable development goals.
Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality and Director of ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC), said: “We are proud to be part of UNOOSA’s Access to Space for All initiative. At ESTEC, we have around 35 research laboratories which enable manufacturers and scientists to achieve their research objectives. We thank UNOOSA for extending access to the centrifuge, which is an important part of these laboratories, to the rest of the world as well. We look forward to the results of the HyperGES opportunity announcement.
For more information, please see: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/
For more information please contact:
Access to Space for All team
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
E-mail: [email protected]
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