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Mission Space Lab Guidelines

Everything you need to know to create an experiment idea for Mission Space Lab.

Phase 1 experiment checklist

Your idea must fulfil the criteria in the following checklist, otherwise your submission may be disqualified. Make sure that you provide plenty of detail in your Phase 1 idea submission. Your experiment:

  • Must be able to run independently, it cannot rely on astronaut interaction with the Astro Pi computer. We can’t be sure when an astronaut will be available, and they have a busy work schedule.
  • Must be a scientific experiment, for example it should not be a game.
  • Should not require real-time communication with the Astro Pis on the ISS. We don’t have a radio communication module to be able to ‘give instructions’ from Earth.
  • Should not rely on running on a specific date or time of day. We cannot predict accurately when each experiment will run.
  • Must use the infrared camera correctly. The camera is not capable of thermal imaging. Any experiments submitted that require thermal imaging will sadly not be able to achieve flight status.
  • Should not rely on a specific event happening that is unlikely to occur in the three hour period in which your experiment would run.
  • Should not rely on the ISS passing over a specific feature on Earth that is unlikely to occur in the three hour period in which your experiment would run.
  • Should not need more than 3GB of data for your results.
  • Should not be a ‘Life in space’ experiment that retains images captured by the camera.
  • Must not require any additional equipment or access to anything else on the ISS.

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