Try Zero-G.....Propose Your Own Experiment for the ISS

Try Zero-G...Be a Part of Real Space Science!

Scientists and Engineers in the space industry compete to fly their experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS). Thanks to JAXA, APRSAF and VSSEC, you could have the opportunity to test your own experiment on board the ISS in the Japanese experiment module, Kibo.

Have you ever dreamed of being part of the space industry? It could be closer than you think!

On the 22nd September 2011, Japanese astronaut, Satoshi Furukawa, performed an experiment proposed by VSSEC to investigate if a compass on the ISS would still be influenced by the Earth’s magnetic field. Watch the video on VSSEC’s YouTube Channel to see the results.

Using only items found on the ISS what experiment would you like to perform?

Available materials include, but are not limited to:
- Yo-Yo
- Balloon
- Tape measure (2m)
- Sheets of Paper (50cm x 50cm, with 10cm scaled squares)
- Origami Paper
- Rubber band (2m long)
- Spring Scale
- Slinky
- Weights with the same volume (Aluminium, Iron, Wood, Plastic)
- Constellation Board
- Straw
- Compass

Competition Guidelines:

1. The competition is open to Australian Primary and Secondary school students
2. The competition is open to individual students and groups
3. No more than one entry per year level per school will be accepted
4. The student’s year level will be taken into consideration during the selection process
5. The official JAXA experiment proposal form must be used to present your experiment (this form is available on the VSSEC website)
4. Please complete a separate application form and JAXA experiment proposal form for each entry
5. The experiment needs to make use of ONLY the items available on board the ISS
6. Only complete entries emailed to by Monday 27th February, 2012 will be considered
7. VSSEC will issue a certificate of participation to all entries
8. Two experiments will be selected and presented to JAXA for consideration
9. The most creative and innovative experiments will be selected
10. JAXA will select the final experiments from applications received from the whole Asia-Pacific region
11. Please note:the safety of the Astronauts and the Station is a priority. Experiments that make use of liquids, dust or small particles will not be chosen to be flown on the ISS.
12. All the experiments conducted will be videoed by a high definition video camera.

Two Australian experiments will be chosen by VSSEC and presented to JAXA. The overall winners will be announced through the VSSEC newsletter and VSSEC website.

For more information please email