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News

6/20 - NIH/ISS National Lab Meeting

4/20 - Press Release by Heinlein Prize Trust

4/18 - UT Nano Team Wins Microgravity Research Competition

4/3 - Finalists Announced in Microgravity Research Competition

3/20 - 9 Proposals Received for Microgravity Research Competition

3/9 - NIH Microgravity Grants Announcement

2/12 - Article on BIO.org

1/23 - Press Release by SpaceX

1/19 - Microgravity Research Competition Announcement

Microgravity:  A Unique Window on Biological and Physical Processes

Summary

Cell Biology

Macromolecular Crystal Growth

Micro-Encapsulation

Combustion

Materials

Fluids

Nanotechnology

How to “Remove Gravity” in Your Research

Summary

Drop Towers

Parabolic Flight

Suborbital Flight

Orbital Flight

Transportation

Orbital Labs

Hardware

Free of the masking effects of gravity-induced convection, shear forces, and other complicating phenomena, and without surface constraints, microgravity provides researchers with a clear window on biological and physical processes.  

  • Microbes grown in microgravity show unique virulence factors compared to those on Earth, which can help isolate relevant genes and lead to vaccine design.
  • Three-dimension tissue specimens grown in microgravity have improved fidelity for pharmaceutical testing.
  • Protein crystals grown in microgravity can be superior, thereby enabling successful characterization of target molecule structure for rational drug design.
  • Commercially relevant research in material sciences, combustion, metallurgy, and other disciplines has been performed in microgravity.
  • Nanotech researchers are using microgravity to understand the equations of motion of nano particles for constant-dosing drug delivery

Soon, the microgravity of Earth orbit will be available commercially to researchers around the world.  Short-duration microgravity is also available today.  This website offers information to help researchers consider when and how to “remove gravity” on the path to market. 

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