NanoRacks-CUBERIDER-2 (NanoRacks-CR-2) - 12.13.17

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
NanoRacks-CUBERIDER-2 (NanoRacks-CR-2) is a small device flown aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that allows students in grades 6 to 11 to remotely operate space sensors. Student teams program sensors to investigate radiation and physical forces that make-up the microgravity environment of the ISS. NanoRacks-CR-2 provides self-directed learning opportunities and exposes students to space-based science and engineering challenges.
Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Solange Cunin, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Solange Cunin, Cuberider, Drummoyne NSW 2047, Australia

Tim Smith, Cuberider, Drummoyne NSW, Australia

Quberider PTY LTD (Cuberider), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)

Research Benefits
Scientific Discovery

ISS Expedition Duration
April 2017 - September 2017

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
NanoRacks-Quberider-1 (NanoRacks-QR-1) - DECEMBER 2016 launched on HTV6 and planned for return on SpX-12.

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The objective of NanoRacks-CUBERIDER-2 (NanoRacks-CR-2) is to engage the next generation of students to participate in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Rates of enrollments in STEM fields are declining. NanoRacks-CR-2 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-2 (NanoRacks-CR-2) 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-2 investigation includes a sensor suite that monitors internal environment variables, some radiation, ISS dynamics and movement. NanoRacks-CR-2 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 holding graphite powder submerged in water. A camera documents the behavior of the graphite powder when a resister creates a small thermal gradient across the container.

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Space Applications
NanoRacks-CR-2 supports space exploration by enlisting student participation. Their participation generates enthusiasm for space exploration and inspires them to pursue engineering skills necessary for next-generation space exploration challenges.

Earth Applications
NanoRacks-CR-2 provides students with a direct connection to the space program and a rich Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning experience. Exposure to the microgravity environment aboard the ISS, in which astronauts live and work, expands student understanding of human endeavors and inspires them to pursue valuable skills that can contribute to these endeavors.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
Once the NanoRacks-CR-2 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 an orbit and includes 15 minutes of data collection time. NanoRacks-CR-2 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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