NanoRacks-CUBERIDER-1 (NanoRacks-CR-1) - 11.22.16

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Science Objectives for Everyone
NanoRacks-CUBERIDER-1 (NanoRacks-CR-1) is an educational module that runs on computer code written by 9th and 10th graders. Students program sensors on NanoRacks-CR-1 to record data on the microgravity environment and conduct tests aboard the station and then send results back to Earth. Through this investigation, students devise their own experiments and experience space science firsthand.
Science Results for Everyone
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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Sebastian Chaoui, Cuberider, Drummoyne NSW 2047, Australia

Solange Cunin, Cuberider, Drummoyne NSW 2047, Australia

Cuberider PTY LTD, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory Education (NLE)

Research Benefits
Scientific Discovery

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2016 - February 2017

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The objective of NanoRacks-CUBERIDER-1 (NanoRacks-CR-1) is to engage the next generation of students to participate in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
  • Rates of enrolments in STEM fields are declining. NanoRacks-CR-1 gives students the ability to experience space science first hand by devising their own experiments.
  • The aim is to inspire students to enroll in STEM subjects in year 11 and 12.

NanoRacks-Cuberider-1 (NanoRacks-CR-1) is a modular sensor payload that allows classrooms to upload and run code that is capable of running tests and collecting data on the International Space Station (ISS). The NanoRacks-CR-1 investigation includes a sensor suite that monitors internal environment variables, some radiation, ISS dynamics and movement. NanoRacks-CR-1 consists of a printed circuit board (PCB) data logger controlled by a Raspberry Pi Zero. The entire system is enclosed in a NanoRacks, module and powered via USB. The other side of the module holds a clear plastic container where a camera documents the movement and collision of objects in a microgravity environment.

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Space Applications
This investigation introduces students to the environment of the space station and inspires the next generation of space explorers.

Earth Applications
NanoRacks-CR-1 provides high school students with a direct connection to the space program, specifically the microgravity environment of the space station where astronauts live and work and some of the challenges of that environment. This kind of connection inspires students to enroll in STEM subjects in 11th and 12th grades and pursue STEM-related careers in the future.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
Once the NanoRacks-CR-1 investigation is installed into the NanoRacks Platform, operations automatically commence. The investigation runs different software files created by students in order to conduct experiments and gather data. Each experiment runs for 15 minutes and data is gathered by NanoRacks. NanoRacks-CR-1 requires 5V power and less than 2A current. It also requires downlink and uplink of new data.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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The NanoRacks-Cuberider-1 (NanoRacks-CR-1) educational investigation runs different software files created by students in order to conduct experiments and gather data. Image courtesy of Cuberider PTY LTD.

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