Two teams selected for Drop Your Thesis! 2021



ESA Education is delighted to announce that two groups have been selected to take part in the 2021 Fall Tower marketing campaign by a Selection Board composed of authorities from ZARM, ELGRA and ESA. The teams that will see their experiments subjected to microgravity are Mind Gravity from Bonn University, Cologne University (DE) and SmartDust from Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg (DE).

The Drop Tower is an imposing constructing in the heart of Bremen College campus in Germany.  It’s a facility that provides incomparable microgravity concentrations although remaining Earth-sure.  Indeed, with amounts not exceeding 10 -6 g for intervals ranging from 4.3 to 9.7 seconds, experiments needing pretty reduced ranges of gravity definitely gain from this facility.  This is exactly the situation for equally the student proposals that needed brief intervals of incredibly very good top quality microgravity.

Within the 120m higher metal tube of the ZARM Fall Tower

Intellect Gravity intends to look into for the first time in a non-invasive, multicellular location, isolated neuronal networks utilizing Multi-Electrode Array (MEA) technological know-how.  The gain of using these MEA over common patch-clamp methodologies is that the students can report in serious time electrophysiological readings and electrical stimulation of a complicated and purposeful neuronal community.  This non-damaging technique of hunting at action potentials in experienced networks for the duration of 1g and microgravity also usually means that the samples can be employed for cytological functions, visualization of modifications in cytoskeletal proteins and pre- and submit- synaptic markers.  The 6 PhD college students will all be operating difficult at producing the greatest experiment probable able of having benefit of the 4.3 seconds on offer to them.

The ZARM Fall Tower at the rear of the flag of Bremen

SmartDust is a staff of 4 Bachelor students and will investigate granular gases, but with a significantly exciting technological incorporate-on.  The pupils will put in a container containing hundreds of free-floating spheres a handful of ‘smart’ ones which will report and relay their frame of mind, velocity and rotation in genuine time.  This provides the younger experts with a novel method of investigating the collisions in between particles without relying on the regular stereoscopic procedures which is plagued by the fact that tracking the motion of some balls with a camera will frequently be hampered by the other balls floating in entrance and obscuring the object of curiosity.  Additionally, this clever dust strategy supplies priceless rotational details that isn’t trivial to get hold of in the normal procedures. The learners opted for the catapult mode of the tower, providing them 9.3 seconds of microgravity.

The teams will quickly go to an on-line workshop to get them began on the right foot with their tasks – lectures on undertaking administration, devices engineering and soft skills will be accompanied with long a person-on-a single classes with ZARM engineers to detail out the greatest doable layouts to fulfill their scientific goals and needs.