Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo", Bolivia

The two DropTES teams of Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" (Left: Team2020; Upper right: Team 2015). Credit: Fabio Richard Diaz Palacios

"Being accepted for the very first time as a Bolivian team to the DropTESprogram was such a life-changing opportunity, not just for the University itself, but for the students that usually have expectations to learn about space research and engineering. In the first project of 2015, we developed tests related to smart materials and biomedical devices for the heart, giving us the opportunity to analyze how our blood and medical devices perform under microgravity conditions. And for the second project of 2020, we developed a liquid 3D printing technic to be tested under microgravity conditions. This kind of program shows the students that nothing is impossible and even space research is reachable from any part of the world." - Eng. Fabio Richard Diaz Palacios, Mgr., Project Coordinator

The first Bolivian team awarded in the HyperGES. Credit: Georgina Aurelia Chávez Lizárraga

"This is a great chan for us to show that research is reachable for everybody and can be done at basic levels. We are very grateful to UNOOSA and ESTEC for giving us the opportunity to perform high-level experiments. With the use of the LDC, we will be able to get some insights about spacial anaemia and contribute also to understand how hypergravity affects the wall cell. As the first all-female team that won the HyperGES call we have a special responsibility to motivate young girls to pursue a STEM career. I also would like to remark that besides the experimental part, this experience is allowing us to develop other skills such as writing projects and articles, communication and building capacity." - Georgina Aurelia Chávez Lizárraga, Project Coordinator


Mission e-patches awarded to Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo".

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Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" was the winner of the 2nd round and 7th round of DropTES opportunities in 2015 and 2020.
The team's objective in 2015 was to examine and evaluate the property of an alloy of Nickel and Titanium "Nitinol" under a microgravity environment. Nitinol has a shape memory that allows it to return to its original form by heating after deforms. The team had an ambitious goal to apply this alloy to future space applications in order to reduce the complexity of design and lower costs. The team would also like to examine the possibility of using Nitinol in the medical field.
In 2020, the objective of the experiment is to determine the 3D printing feasibility under microgravity conditions, measure the intra-structure remaining liquid resin after light exposure, and compare manufacturing time, and amount of used material while processing the same piece between 2 different approaches.

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In 2023, Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" was announced as one of the awardees in the 2nd round of the HyperGES programme. The project of Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo", proposed by an all-female team, will examine how hypergravity affects the break-up of human red blood cells to get a better understanding of anaemia in space. The team will also highlight the efforts of Bolivian women in the space field.

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Behind scenes of a video ©UCB


Sample observation ©UCB


Determining haematocrit ©UCB


Using a table centrifuge ©UCB


Doing an osmotic fragility test ©UCB


Life in lab ©UCB

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