ISS Payload Development

The ISSET-Oxford Payload Research and Development Group is an interdivisional, research and outreach collaboration led by Daniel Molland in the Schnell group and the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) to develop experiments for launch to the International Space Station (ISS)

Developing Experiments for the ISS

The experiments, sourced from student submissions from the ISSET Mission Discovery programme, are developed by researchers and students’ collaborators within the University of Oxford and are launched to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle. The Mission Discovery program offers a unique opportunity to students worldwide to develop experiments for launch to the ISS, which are then developed and launched by members of this group and colleagues at the King’s College London Keeble Group. The ISSET Mission Discovery programme has launched eight payloads containing over 30 student experiments to the ISS. At present, contributors to this research include students from the Department of Biochemistry, Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for NanoScience Discovery, as well as external contributors such as former NASA astronaut Dr Michael Foale.

Current Projects

Ferrofluids in Microgravity 

To examine how microgravity affects the ability of ferrofluids to induce a current when moving through a coil. (Launching September 2022)

Biofilm Degradation in Microgravity 

To evaluate the capability of cleaning agents to degrade established biofilms in microgravity.

Cleaning Slime in Microgravity 

To investigate the utility of cleaning slime as a renewable cleaning agent for long term mission profiles.

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