Space Labs

We are dedicated to enable experiments asking for space conditions, such as microgravity. Due to the potential in various fields of research and application, we don't want to restrict ourselves to a specific research topic or time span.

We are planning to use Interfaces such as TangoLabs or ICECube on the ISS. Therefore our experiment mustn't be larger than 10cm x 10cm x10cm and it needs to be fully automated.

As being the new WARR team, we are currently in the process of building up our new team, which leads to a lot of flexibility, freedom and the possibility to incorporate your own ideas. We are looking forward to build up our team structure as well as sub teams and new positions with you on our side!

We currently have some exciting opportunities to start a new mission (especially in the field of chemistry/neurobiology). We want to put together a new team to work together on the concrete mission goal as well as on the development and manufacturing of a new prototype and apply for various student competitions.

Interested?

We welcome every motivated and interested student to join us! With knowledge from the biochemical/medical/biophysical field you can work on the implementation of our experiment. With knowledge from (general/mechanical/electrical) engineering, computer science, material science or similar studies you can work on the planning as well as the implementation and final production of the hard- and software system of our box. We also need help with basic organisational matters, PR and social media work, financing and sponsoring as well as the registration and presentation of our mission at various student competitions.

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Our first Mission

Our Mission Goal: Growing the first 3D DNA Origami Crystal in Space

Why?

DNA Crystals have great potential in nano technology and robotics, as well as biology and medical engineering.

Why in Space?

We need microgravity: sedimentation and convection forces on earth can influence crystal growth negatively, whereas they are neglectable in microgravity. We are not alone: crystallization experiments have been successfully conducted in space since the 80 ́s and are part of ongoing projects on the ISS. We would be the first: DNA origami nanostructures have not been studied in space. We will gain new insights about DNA as nanomaterial and study its potential for future applications.

How?

We will make use of the DNA origami technique that has been invented 11 years ago: short DNA strands fold a long DNA scaffold strand into 2D and 3D objects. These objects are a thousand times smaller than a human hair is thick. In nature DNA stores genetic information – as DNA origami it becomes a versatile nanomaterial.

We are planning to use either the TangoLabs or the ICECube interface on the ISS. Therefore our experiment mustn't be larger than 10cm x 10cm x10cm and it needs to be fully automated. We already finished the prototype design and have access to a workshop, as well as labs, where we can work.