UNOOSA and ESA Open Third Round of Applications to Conduct Hypergravity Experiments

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The Large Diameter Centrifuge facility at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Source: UNOOSA

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have opened the third round of applications for the Fellowship Programme on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Facility Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES).

HyperGES is part of the Hypergravity/Microgravity track of UNOOSA’s Access to Space for All initiative, which enables communities worldwide to use and benefit from space technologies and applications. HyperGES provides selected research teams access to ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) facility, where they can conduct hypergravity experiments. 

Centrifuges are the only practical method to generate hypergravity, and the LDC is one of the only facilities with this unique environment. As a result, the LDC allows a full range of gravity levels which are beneficial for various science and technology experiments that can support acquiring knowledge and skills necessary for future space activities. Three awardees have been selected since HyperGES began in 2019 and are developing their experiments to be tested in the LDC this year.  

Applications for the opportunity are now open on UNOOSA’s HyperGES Rounds web page until 12 November 2023.

For more information, please contact UNOOSA’s Access to Space for All Initiative Team at unoosa-access-to-space@un.org.

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