Partnership is a distinctive feature of the Initiative. The Access to Space for All Initiative is only possible thanks to partnerships with various public and private actors, who are contributing to the initiative in various manners. New contributions to the Initiative are possible and encouraged. Contact us at unoosa-access-to-space (at) un (dot) org.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is partnering with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to offer United Nations Member States the opportunity to accommodate a payload on the Airbus
Bartolomeo external platform on the International Space Station. The mission will be open to all Member States of the United Nations, and developing countries are particularly encouraged to participate. The platform will accommodate and operate payloads provided by institutions in the participating countries. This mission is devoted to addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For information on how to apply to Bartolomeo, check the Rounds page.
In 2021, the award goes to team "ClimCam", which consists of specialists from different fields and symbolizes the power of international cooperation, bringing together researchers from three institutions: the Egyptian Space Agency, the Kenyan Space Agency and the Uganda National Space Programme within the Ugandan Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The project "ClimCam" will deploy an imaging system onboard the ISS to monitor a series of problems caused by Climate Change.
The United Nations/China Cooperation on the Utilization of the China Space Station programme is jointly implemented by UNOOSA and CMSA. It provides scientists from around the world with an opportunity to conduct their own experiments onboard China's Space Station (CSS). It is an innovative and future-focused programme to open up space exploration activities to all nations and to create a new paradigm in building capabilities in space science and technology.
For more information on how to apply to the China Space Station programme, check the Rounds page.
"POLAR-2: Gamma-Ray Burst Polarimetry on the China Space Station" was applied and will be implemented by four institutions from four countries, which are: The University of Geneva from Switzerland, the National Center for Nuclear Research of Poland, the Max Plank Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics of Germany, and the Institute of High Energy Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
"Spectroscopic Investigations of Nebular Gas (SING)" was applied and will be implemented by two institutions from two countries, which are: The Indian Institute of Astrophysics, and the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
"Behaviour of Partially Miscible Fluid in Microgravity" was applied and will be implemented by two organizations from two countries, namely the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium.
"Flame Instabilities Affected by Vortices and Acoustic Waves (FIAVAW)" was jointly applied and will be jointly implemented by two institutions from two countries, which are: Tsinghua University from China and the University of Tokyo from Japan.
"Tumours in Space" was jointly applied and will be jointly implemented by four institutions from four countries, namely the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, International Space University, Vrije University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and the Belgium Nuclear Research Centre.
"Effect of Microgravity on the Growth and Biofilm Production of Disease-Causing Bacteria" was jointly applied and will be jointly implemented by the Mars Society - Peru Chapter, and the Mars Society - Spain Chapter.
"Mid-infrared platform for Earth observations" was jointly applied and will be jointly implemented by two organizations from one country, which are: the National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (INAOE), and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) from Mexico.
"Development of Multi-Junction GaAs Solar Cells for Space Applications" was jointly applied and will be jointly implemented by two institutions from one country, which are: the National Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) from Saudi Arabia.
"BARIDI SANA - High-Performance Micro 2-Phase Cooling System for Space Applications" was applied and will be implemented by three institutions from two countries, which are: the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, In Quattro s.r.l. in Italy, and the Machakos University in Kenya.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is partnering with
Sierra Space to offer United Nations Member States the opportunity to participate in an orbital space mission utilizing Sierra Space's
Dream Chaser® spaceplane. The mission will be open to all Member States of the United Nations, and developing countries are particularly encouraged to participate. The mission will carry experiments, payloads, or satellites provided by institutions in the participating countries.
For more information on how to apply to Dream Chaser check the Rounds page.
The Drop Tower Experiment Series is a fellowship programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in which students can learn and study microgravity science by performing experiments in a drop tower. The Bremen Drop Tower in Germany is a ground-based laboratory with a drop tube of a height of 146 meters, which can enable short microgravity experiments to be performed in various scientific fields, such as fluid physics, combustion, thermodynamics, material science and biotechnology.
For more information on how to apply to DropTES, check the Rounds page.
In 2020, the award went to Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" team. The objective is to determine the 3D printing feasibility, measure intra-structure remaining liquid resin after light exposure, and compare manufacturing time, amount of used material while processing in 2 different approaches.
In 2019, the award went to Politecnico de Milano "Polimi" team. The objective of their experiment is to analyze the lateral sloshing of a ferrofluid solution in low gravity with the aim of measuring its oscillation frequency while subjected to different magnetic field intensities.
In 2018, the award went to the University of Bucharest and Politehnica University of Bucharest. The objective of their experiment is to expose medicine droplets containing aqueous chlorpromazine (CPZ) solution to both laser radiation and microgravity conditions.
In 2017, the award went to the Warsaw University of Technology. The objective of their experiment is to verify, in vacuum and microgravity conditions, the deployment of the deorbit sail system on their two-unit CubeSat called "PW-Sat2".
In 2016, the award went to Instituto Tecnólogico de Costa Rica and Universidad de Costa Rica. The objective is to expand the technical knowledge and information on the behaviour of a reduced-scale robotic arm manipulator such as dynamics, motion, and control under microgravity conditions.
In 2015, the award went to Universidad Católica Boliviana. The objective of their experiment is to examine and evaluate the property of an alloy of Nickel and Titanium "Nitinol" under the microgravity environment
In 2014, the award went to German Jordanian University, Jordan. The objective of their experiment is to investigate the stability of tether dynamics for satellites with electromagnetic tether systems using a Tilger, a mass damper.
The United Nations / European Space Agency Fellowship Programme on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES) is a fellowship programme offered by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the
European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). The fellowship programme is aimed at providing opportunities for scientists and researchers with a team of students from the Member States of the United Nations with particular attention to developing countries to conduct their own hypergravity experiment series at the LDC facility located at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
For information on how to apply to HyperGES, check the Rounds page.
The awardee of the first round is the team from Mahidol University, Thailand, selected in 2019. The title of the project is "Watermeal, the Future Food Source for Space Exploration", which is to study the effect of hypergravity on watermeal, the smallest and fastest-growing flowering plant on Earth. It will help unlock various possibilities for future application of the plant as a food and oxygen source for space exploration and on the other planet which may have higher gravity than on Earth.
The United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on CubeSat Deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) "KiboCUBE" is a programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The programme started in 2015.
For information on how to apply to KiboCUBE, check the Rounds page.
This round was opened in March 2019 and closed at the end of September 2019. SICA, the Central American Integration System has been selected as the awardee. SICA's CubeSat "Morazan-Sat" is currently under development, seeks to be a proof of concept for the development of a UHF/VHF communication platform. It will prove the capability of monitoring weather variables on-site using UHF/VHF radio packets, and once the mission is finished, with the help of radio amateurs, the capabilities for UHF/VHF emergency communications using Automatic Package Reporting System (APRS) will be tested.
This round was opened in October 2018 and closed at the end of January 2019. The Technical University of Moldova has been selected as the awardee. Their CubeSat "TUMnanoSAT" is currently under development, intended to check under real conditions the functionality of various modules and subsystems of the satellite. Their technology demonstrations include studying the behaviour of sensors based on nano- and micro- wires, sensors for determining the satellite attitude, establishing communications systems, testing solar power supply systems and endurance of electronic components.
This round was opened in September 2017 and closed at the end of March 2018. Mauritius Research Innovation Council (MRIC) and Surya University have been selected as the awardees. Surya University's CubeSat "SS-1" is currently under development and will be equipped with an Automatic Package Reporting System (APRS) payload that will communicate with the ground for two-way communication with amateur radiofrequency.
This round was opened in September 2017 and closed at the end of March 2018. Mauritius Research Innovation Council (MRIC) and Surya University have been selected as the awardees. MRIC's CubeSat"MIR-SAT 1" was deployed in June 2021. MIR-SAT1 is a technology demonstration mission to test the transmission of imagery and onboard communications systems.
This round was opened in September 2016 and closed at the end of March 2017. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) has been selected as the awardee. UVG's CubeSat "Quetzal-1" was deployed in April 2020. The objective of this mission was technology demonstration and testing the acquisition of remote sensing data for natural resource management, especially to monitor the concentration of harmful cyanobacteria (algae blooms) over inland bodies of water.
This round was opened in September 2015 and closed at the end of March 2016. The University of Nairobi has been selected as the awardee. Their CubeSat "1KUNS-PF" was deployed in May 2018. This was a technology demonstration mission aiming to test in-house developed and critical technologies and also to test Earth observation applications to acquire data to monitor agriculture and coastal areas.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Avio S.p.A. (Avio) have joined forces at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly to announce an agreement to cooperate on providing institutions from the UN Member States, in particular developing countries. The first round has closed in April 2021 and is under selection.
For more information on how to apply to Vega-C check the Rounds page.
The ISONscope programme is a joint cooperation programme under the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), for the provision of small telescopes to academic and research institutions in developing countries. In addition, this opportunity also offers assistance for the establishment of the telescope-related facilities and training of specialists on the use of the telescope.
For information on how to apply to ISONscope, check the Rounds page.
Kenyan Space Observation and Research Telescope (K-SORT Project), led by Kenya Space Agency, is aiming at monitoring space debris, space weather, and Near-Earth Objects. It also hopes to promote, and support space science research and outreach program in Kenya.
Centre for Basic Space Science will conduct a Photometric Study of the delta Scuti stars and rapidly oscillating Ap stars by using the telescope. In partnership with several universities in Nigeria, the capacity of students is expected to be built through access to telescope usage.