The plant growth in microgravity experiment, which is overseen by Professor Des Gibson and his PhD student, Sam Ahmadzadeh from UWS, launched on 6 November from Wallops Island site, Virginia, on Cygnus NG18.
This project will deploy a smart sensing system with LED lighting technology specific to the growth of plant life. The project’s primary objective is development of smart integrated multi-sensing and intelligent lighting control tools relevant to precision plant cultivation in the space environment, where the goal is to optimise the yield, quality and monitor growth of healthy plant life in microgravity.
The remaining two projects launched on 26 November from Kennedy Space Centre, on SpaceX CRS 26. The worms in space project, which is overseen by Professor Fiona Henriquez and her PhD student, Daniel Raimbach, aims to understand the biological changes that take place in a space environment, to help us further understand the impacts for space travel in humans and also apply these findings on Earth.
The nanoparticle activity in microgravity project, involving Dr Mohammed Yaseen and PhD student Marija Nekrasova, aims to use investigate the influence of microgravity on nanoparticle formation, which will provide fundamental information on the viability of synthesis of nanomaterials in space for use both in space and on Earth.
The PhD students were selected after applying to be part of the project. ISSET was founded in 1998, with the mission to use space exploration and the people behind it, to motivate students from all backgrounds to realise their potential, grow their confidence and help them achieve their dreams, in whichever field they choose.
Find out more about ISSET here.
You can watch the Cygnus NG18 launch from the Wallops Island site in Virginia here.
You can watch the remaining two experiments launch from the Kennedy Space Centre, on SpaceX CRS 26 here.