Space Florida and NanoRacks Announce International Space Station Research Competition

Space Florida International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition

Space Florida, the State’s  spaceport authority and aerospace economic development organization, and NanoRacks, LLC, have announced a partnership to host the Space Florida International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition. As part of this program, NanoRacks will provide up to eight Payload Box Units (NanoLabs) that will fly payloads to the ISS, with scientific research that will be conducted on board the U.S. National Lab. Space Florida will cover the costs of research payload transportation to the ISS for the eight winning applicants.

The Space Florida ISS Research Competition is designed to inspire innovation and enable unique research opportunities and access for customers to the ISS. Breakthroughs in material and life sciences, environmental monitoring, complex drugs and other consumer items enabled by space-based research benefit a broad range of emerging markets for government, commercial and academic customers. Research proposals will be reviewed and judged by an independent and scientifically qualified team, based on commercial viability and overall benefit to mankind.

A preparatory workshop is being hosted by Space Florida and NanoRacks at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida, on October 5, 2012. At the workshop, the application process, rules and requirements will be detailed. Representatives from NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) – the non-profit manager of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory – will also be present to advise attendees on the launch and research process. Private consultation time may also be requested through NanoRacks. Applicants and workshop attendees must register in advance at:
www.spaceflorida.gov/iss-research-competition/registration.

Completed (Final) Competition Proposals/Papers are due by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on October 31, 2012 via info@spaceflorida.gov.

“This competition will provide a unique incentive to both commercial and academic researchers. Opportunities for competition winners to fly their research to the ISS while interfacing professionally with NanoRacks, NASA and ISS National Lab Manager CASIS is an exciting prospect,” said Frank DiBello, Space Florida President. “We hope to inspire some significant scientific breakthroughs as a result of this competition, and reach the next generation of researchers and an international array of scientists and international companies.”

“The competition will focus the creativity of so many people on space station utilization,” said Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director of NanoRacks LLC, “we are delighted to be part of this exciting contest.”

To register for the competition and to view the rules and regulations, timeline, judges criteria, workshop reservations and technical support details, visit www.spaceflorida.gov/iss-research-competition.

For NanoRacks information, visit http://nanoracks.com.

For other questions about the competition, contact Tony Gannon at 321-730-5301 ext. 230 or via email at tgannon@spaceflorida.gov.

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