Citizens in Space has announced the payload manifest for its first flight on the XCOR Aerospace Lynx spacecraft.

The experiments will be carried aboard the Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, an open-source payload carrier developed for the Lynx spacecraft by Citizens in Space. Experiments will be controlled in flight by a Citizens in Space science-mission-specialist astronaut.

The experiments announced today cover a wide range of subjects from microgravity crystallization to plant growth, antimicrobial materials for space habitats, and the interaction of water with lunar surface materials. The experimenters are equally diverse.

“Mission One includes citizen scientists working at every level, from high school to professional research labs,” said Dr. Justin Karl, Chief Payloads Officer for Citizens in Space.

The mission announced today is one of ten flights purchased by Citizens in Space. “Citizens in Space is making these flight opportunities available at no cost to citizen scientists,” Dr. Karl said. “In return, citizen scientists pledge to make their experiment designs and data openly available to the entire community. Our goal is to create a huge catalog of flight-proven experiments that future researchers can draw from.

“As science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein once said, ‘You can’t pay it back. You have to pay it forward.’”

The experiments announced today are:

  • Angelicvm Aerospace Foundation of Santiago, Chile. Crystallization Rates in Microgravity.
  • Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida. Microgravity Water Electrolysis Optimization.
  • CD-SEAS of Honolulu, Hawaii. Effectiveness of Anti-Microbial Coatings in Microgravity Conditions.
  • Florida International University of Miami, Florida. Regolith Compression Mechanics in Reduced- and Micro-Gravity.
  • Flightsafety Makers of Columbus, Ohio. Characterization of Local Inertial Loading and Comparison with Avionics Data.
  • Syncleus of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Realtime Payload Conditions Monitoring.
  • NewSpace Farm LLC of Seattle, Washington. Microgravity Botany Pod Hardware Evaluation.
  • The Pinkowski Group of Montrose, Pennsylvania. Concentration Gradient Equalization Rates.
  • Terran Sciences Group of Orlando, Florida. Inter-Payload Heat Transfer Characterization.
  • Texas Southern University of Houston, Texas. Non-Fick Diffusion in Microgravity.
  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Hydrophobic Coating Effectiveness for Space Applications.
  • University High School of Orlando, Florida. Investigation of Regolith Hydration in Zero Gravity.

Citizens in Space is continuing its call for experiments. Questions and letters of intent can be submitted to Dr. Justin Karl by emailing

Written by Astro1 on August 13th, 2015 , Citizens in Space

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