Fellowship Programme on the Large Diameter Centrifuge Hypergravity Experiment Series (HyperGES)



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.

Check the archive of the previous round from here!

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The Winner for the 1 st round is the team from Mahidol University, Thailand. 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.

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This opportunity is in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) facility located at ESTEC provides a broad gravity spectrum in the range from 1g to 20g. The diameter of the LDC is 8 meters. The LDC has four arms, each of which can support two gondolas with a maximum payload of 80 kg per gondola.  The LDC facility can provide a hypergravity environment for cells, plants, small animals, physical science and technological experiments. In particular, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, optical physics, material sciences, fluid dynamics, geology and plasma physics investigations can be undertaken in this facility. The LDC is flexible in terms of experiment scenarios, duration and possible equipment to use. This means that the system is able to execute and manage experiments that last from one minute up to six months, without stopping.

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