SµGRE-1 is set to inspire new engineers and scientists by taking part in a real NASA space mission
4th January 2018

SμGRE-1 (Schools micro-Gravity Rocket Experiment) is an exciting opportunity for schools, colleges and home-schooling households (and parents!) to design and manufacture a small sugar cubed sized sculpture to be part of a micro-gravity and 3D imaging experimental rocket payload, scheduled to launch from the Pacific Marshall Islands this April!

The NASA WRX-R (Water Recovery X-ray Rocket), will carry the SuGRE-1 payload into sub-orbital space during a 30-minute flight, where the effect of micro-gravity on student’s sculptures will be recorded for them to later experience in 3D back in the classroom.  The rocket will return to Earth where the SμGRE-1 payload will be recovered, and the sculptures returned to the schools, along with a certificate authenticating their journey into space.

As many suitable entries as possible will be fitted inside the SμGRE-1 payload before launch. It is anticipated up to 1,000 sculptures will make the journey into space with 250 being released during flight into the experimental chamber to be part of this exciting mission that forms an ideal STEM lesson project or after school activity.

Entry is free, except for individual costs involved in manufacturing the sculptures and postage.  All sculptures must be received by 2nd February 2018.

Sculptures can be made of wood, plastic, metal, or any other suitable non-hazardous material – creativity and ingenuity are encouraged to satisfy the following criteria:

  • The sculpture must fit within a cuboid volume of 4 cm3 g. the size of a sugar cube
  • The sculpture may be made of any material, but suitable for taking on an airplane in hand luggage and remain solid up to a temperature of 100°C
  • The sculpture must not weigh more than 4 grams

Full mission progress including videos, pictures, updates and interviews with contributors can be followed on Twitter @SUGRE_1 and on the YouTube channel SuGRE_1. For further information and for registration please visit www.SuGRE-1.com

 

Leading SuGRE-1 is Dynamic Imaging Analytics Limited (based at the Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre), specialising in the development of high performance imaging solutions for space instrumentation, exploration and terrestrial applications.  In addition to the public engagement of SuGRE-1, Dynamic will be testing 3D microscope technology currently being developed for the Luna-27 mission to assist in the search for water ice on the Moon and radiation and shock-hard optics for use on planetary penetrators.

For further information, or sponsorship of logo space on the sculpture return certificates, or the internal SuGRE-1 wall that will be the background for the sculptures in flight, please contact Sheree at sheree.murray@dynamicimaginganalytics.co.uk

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