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    UNIS/OS/567
    16 May 2022

    UNOOSA and European Space Agency open opportunity to conduct hypergravity experiments in a ground-based centrifuge

    VIENNA, 16 May (UN Information Service) — The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are opening up the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) facility at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to UN Member States. Under the joint HyperGES fellowship, student teams supported by scientists and researchers are invited to conduct experiments in controlled hypergravity conditions. Applications must be submitted by 18 November 2022. 

    The HyperGES programme is part of the “Access to Space for All” initiative enabling teams of students from all over the world, with particular attention to developing countries, to conduct experiments in controlled hypergravity conditions between 1g-20g with different experiment scenarios, duration, and equipment.

    Hypergravity experiments advance research in different scientific fields such as biology, medicine, material science, and fluid dynamics and represent an achievable entry point to acquiring new knowledge and technology. The HyperGES fellowship contributes to expanding access to space education and research in hypergravity, particularly capacity building for teams from developing countries, who may otherwise not have access to such facilities.

    UNOOSA Acting Director Niklas Hedman said: "Space technology and its applications are vital tools for solving global problems and building a better future and we are seeing an ever-stronger emphasis on the need to expand access to space benefits, including in the recently adopted “Space2030” Agenda. The Access to Space for All Initiative is a multi-stakeholder symbol of this effort, bridging the existing space capabilities gap by providing access to unique and cutting-edge facilities and technologies. We are thrilled to work with ESA in the HyperGES programme to enable UN Member States to acquire the wisdom and skills to boost development of local and national space activities. I cannot wait to see the fruits of this unique experiment opportunity.”

    Torben Henriksen, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality and Head of ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC said: “At the touch of a dial our LDC offers access to a range of hypergravity levels up to 20g for days, weeks or even months at a time. The resulting possibilities for experimentation are vast, so we will be fascinated to see the many new ideas for testing that will come out of making the centrifuge accessible to the rest of the world as well, through the UNOOSA Access to Space for All initiative. And we look forward to hosting the awardees of the HyperGES opportunity here at ESTEC.”

    For detailed information, please see: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/access2space4all/HyperGES/HyperGES_Rounds.html

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    For more information, please contact:
    Access to Space for All Initiative Team
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Email: unoosa-access-to-space@un.org