On September 5, 2011, the European Space Agency proudly announced its ‘Spin Your Thesis!’ 2012 programme. Through this programme, several teams of university students* will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in hypergravity using the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) in ESTEC, the Netherlands.
The LDC allows samples to be exposed to acceleration forces of 1-20 times Earth’s gravity. A total of six gondolas can be supported, each with a payload of up to 80 kg. More details on the program are available here.
The deadline for experiment proposals, December 12, 2011, is quickly approaching! Now is the time to submit proposals by following the steps outlined here.
Dr Javier Ventura-Traveset
Head of ESAC Communication and Education Office
*Application to Spin Your Thesis! is open to individuals who are 18 to 28, are citizens of an ESA Member or Cooperating State, are full-time students in a university from an ESA Member or Cooperating State, and are studying a scientific or engineering subject. More details on eligibility can be found here.