Asian Try Zero-G 2018 Experiment Ideas Selected
Last Updated: September 7, 2017
Kibo-ABC called for the proposal of a simple space experiment (for “Asian Try Zero-G 2018″) to be conducted by JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai onboard the International Space Station (ISS)/Kibo. As a result, 169 experiment proposals were submitted from 361 students and young engineers/researchers in Asian countries.
As the first step in the selection process, these proposals were screened by each Kibo-ABC member agency, with 26 proposals from seven Asian countries being recommended. Then the screened proposals were reviewed and discussed by all Kibo-ABC agencies to decide the onboard experiment candidates. JAXA specialists including JAXA astronauts with experience in previous onboard Asian Try Zero-G experiments also supported the final stage of the selection process.
The following illustrates the selected 8 experiment proposals. (12 proposals were selected, and similar experiments were combined.)
There are two big differences from the previous Asian Try Zero-G programs–the new participation of Japanese high school students and new opportunities to launch experiment tools to the ISS. Some launch tools are to be prepared by Asian proposers/Kibo-ABC agencies.
The experiments selected for “Asian Try Zero-G 2018”
|Title||Gyroscope & Tippe Top|
|Experiment||To observe the reaction of the gyroscope when pressing it in one direction, while altering the center of gravity with an additional weight, and to also observe the movement of the Tippe Top.
|Countries||Singapore(2 proposals combined)|
|Experiment||To test the effect of ‘teardrop’ wings, and the effect of changing the neutral point of the aircraft.
|Experiment||To rotate a ring around a stick like a hula hoop, and observe how the ring moves under zero-G conditions.
|Title||Balls inside Slinky|
|Experiment||To observe how three balls move inside the Slinky when applying vibration and centrifugal force to the Slinky.
|Title||Double-Layered Liquid Ball|
|Experiment||To try to form a double ball using water and oil to check whether the double ball can be formed in zero-G.
|Experiment||To observe the movement of a paper spring with weight attached to both ends in zero-G.
|Experiment||To observe the movement of a rotating Wire Top, where it is well-known that a rotating pair of pliers in zero-G inverts its attitude upside-down.