ICT Spring - 2022

UNOOSA and ESA open up hypergravity
experiments for UN Member States

Large Diameter Centrifuge. Credit: UNOOSA

Edinburgh / Vienna, 17 May 2022. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced they are opening up the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) facility at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to UN Member States. 

The joint HyperGES fellowship allows for student teams supported by scientists and researchers to conduct experiments in controlled hypergravity conditions. HyperGES (Hypergravity Experiment Series) is part of the Access to Space for All initiative enabling student experiments in environments between 1g-20g. The Initiative is a multi-stakeholder effort to bridge the space capabilities gap by providing access to cutting-edge technologies.

Hypergravity experiments advance research in the fields of biology, medicine, material science, and fluid dynamics. The fellowship contributes to expanding access to space education and research in hypergravity, UNOOSA stated. The programme pays particular attention to teams from developing countries, who may not have access to such facilities otherwise. The application deadline is 18th November 2022.

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