Microgravity offers a unique environment for research and development, but also poses distinct challenges when it comes to experimental design.
Led by Dr Rebecca Allen, the Microgravity Experimentation Program leverages knowledge and techniques gained through three consecutive years of bespoke designed and constructed experiments on the International Space Station.
Our research areas
This field offers end-to-end expertise for the design, development and data transport of a range of biological and material science missions in microgravity. Our three key areas include:
- Space Medicine and Health – this area of the program is using the microgravity environment to develop and deliver pharmaceuticals, by investigating how the conditions affect human physiology.
- Biotech Applications – simulating microgravity to perform biological experiments will inform experiment module design for biotech applications.
- Smart Experiment Platforms – this stream is a collaboration across Space Institute programs. Projects focus on challenges faced by industry partners such as developing modern experiment platforms made from novel materials to address issues such as thermal control.