Randor, Pennsylvania – American Aerospace Advisors Inc. (www.american-aerospace.net) and Space Adventures, Ltd. (www.spaceadventures.com) will collaborate on providing space-specific scientific experiment and research project opportunities that will be made available to Space Adventures’ orbital spaceflight clients.
David Yoel, CEO of American Aerospace Advisors, stated, “Working with Space Adventures, we hope to expand access to space for the many projects that are ready for spaceflight. These projects have real scientific and commercial merit, and some have the potential to result in significant technical breakthroughs – or to answer questions that are difficult or impossible to answer with Earth-based research. In addition, we plan to include as many university student experiments as possible.”
The projects available through the collaboration will encompass a wide array of research areas that are of current interest to academic and industrial researchers, including space-based solar power studies and demonstrations, microgravity applications, spacecraft technology development, Earth observation, remote sensing, lunar exploration systems development, and educational initiatives. All experiments offered under the program will be reviewed by a panel of experts for solid scientific and commercial merit.
Many projects are already fully developed and awaiting a launch opportunity. For example, one set of planned experiments involves continuing research into the effects of microgravity on protein crystal formation, begun in the Skylab era. The microgravity available in space allows for more precise control over the formation of intricate crystal structures. This work is useful in exploring new treatments and therapies for difficult medical challenges such as cancer and aging.
Another set of experiments involves demonstrating the feasibility of power-beaming technology, which is essential for developing a working space-based solar power system. This technology seeks to capture the Sun’s energy in space and beams it to Earth 24 hours a day, even during cloudy conditions, for use in a wide variety of applications. By doing so, it has the potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate adverse climate changes.
Commenting on the collaboration, Eric Anderson, CEO of Space Adventures stated, “We are pleased to be working with American Aerospace Advisors to offer a wide range of commercial and university-based research opportunities to our orbital spaceflight clients. This allows us to add value to our program by providing clients with more options of useful and important activities to participate in.”
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