Ever dreamed of being able to launch something into space? Through Citizens In Space, you could be one step closer to making that dream a reality. The project has an open call for experiments that could be launched on board a CubeSat, a type of small satellite. There’s room for approximately 100 of these small experiments which are expected to launch by 2014 via XCOR‘s Lynx rocketplane. From conducting astrobiology experiments to searching for new space phenomenons, the sky (or in this case, the low Earth orbit), is the limit!
Citizens In Space will also be awarding a $10,000 prize for an experiment that qualifies for their High Altitude Astrobiology Challenge and a $5,000 prize for the best non-astrobiology-related experiment. All experiments must be licensed as open source hardware – the use of readily-available “closed-source” components is allowed, but you must provide enough documentation for others to reproduce the hardware. Experiments will be exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation, so plan accordingly. If you’re interested in submitting an experiment to Citizens In Space, send a notice of intent to [email protected] as soon as possible. Citizens in Space is a project of the United States Rocket Academy.
Project owners + coordinators:
Edward Wright, project manager