28 February 2017
The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is inviting proposals for the "Asian Try Zero-G 2017-2018", an educational program organized by Kibo-ABC of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that allows everyone to suggest simple space experiments for astronauts to demonstrate in zero-gravity or weightlessness conditions.
Kibo-ABC is a collaborative program established by the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) of the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), which aims to promote Kibo utilization in the Asia-Pacific region. It invites its member countries, one of which is the Philippines, to submit experiment ideas that JAXA Astronauts can perform in the International Space Station (ISS).
Proposals should be unique, novel, and informative, and should have never been done in the ISS/Kibo.
There are 2 categories for the Try Zero-G program: Category 1 is for students under 18 years old, and Category 2 is for young scientists and engineers, ages up to 27 years old. The categories have been in place since 2015, to create more innovative ideas from a wider audience.
This year, Astronaut Norishige Kanai of JAXA ISS crew will perform the selected proposals aboard ISS Kibo module.
For the complete guidelines, visit or download the file at http://issstream.tksc.jaxa.jp/iss2/documents/guidelines_call_for_proposals_asianTryZero-G_2017-2018_NC.pdf.
For information on past experiments, visit http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/tryzerog/index.html.
To know more about the onboard items that can be used for the experiment, visit/download the file at http://issstream.tksc.jaxa.jp/iss2/documents/available_onboard_items_NC.pdf.
Deadline for submission of applications is on April 7, 2017.
The selection result will be announced on JAXA web site (http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/).