Could Space Be The New Medium For Experimentation?

Space isn’t exclusive to astronomers and astronauts.

It is, however, a limitless laboratory for scientists and corporations to test their experiments. And this is all thanks to the ongoing human presence on the International Space Station for nearly 20 years.

The ISS is shared between five main partners: the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Russia. Each partner facilitates its own scientists and the public to participate in scientific research done on behalf of their respective countries.

From my perspective, this research holds great potential. With a background in aerospace engineering, I’ve built satellites for NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Early on, my startup also designed STEM-based kits with a focus on space experimentation. Although we’ve since pivoted to working on unmanned aerial vehicles and drones, all of this experience has shown me that space could be the new medium for experimentation.

But before we dive into examples of different scientific experiments being conducted aboard the ISS, we should ask the question: As a scientist, a member of the public, or a STEM-based startup, why should you care to send your experiment into space?

An excerpt from an article in the Forbes magazine. To read the full article, click here


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