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Open call for the second round of HyperGES fellowship

on 08 September 2021

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites students from all over the world to submit their application at the second round of HyperGES fellowship, an event organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, part of the Access to Space For All Initiative.

This will offer student teams around the globe the chance to perform hypergravity experiments using the Large Diameter Centrifuge at ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands. The deadline for submitting applications is 28 February 2022.

The LDC is an 8-m diameter four-arm centrifuge which at its fastest, rotates at up to 67 revs per minute, with its six gondolas placed at different points along its arms weighing in at 130 kg, and each capable of accommodating 80 kg of payload. The result is that researchers are able to increase the force of gravity at the turn of a dial. The LDC is popular with life and physical science teams, as well as for commercial experiments. Internal ESA teams use the centrifuge to see how candidate spacecraft materials and components would respond to the violent accelerations involved in launching into space

The first round winning team came from Mahidol University, Thailand and is currently developing their hypergravity experiment. For the second round teams of students from all over the world - with particular attention to developing countries - supported by scientists and researchers are invited to submit their application.

To help guide applicants in developing their proposals, ESA has supported UNOOSA in the preparation of a dedicated webinar series.

More details here.

Image credit: ESA