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Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program

***Website updated September 29, 2014***

NASA has not decided how or if Microgravity Flights will occur in the future. This website will be updated as new guidance is released.

Please see important information below regarding our proposal process and alignment with NASA's technology missions and goals.

Experiment Topic Alignment:

The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program is an experiential education program that is important to the future of NASA. By aligning our program directly with the technical goals of the Agency, we are using education to further NASA's mission, allowing students to directly benefit our nation's space program.

Therefore we ask that you review the following documents which are summaries of Strategic Knowledge Gaps (SKG) and Critical Technology Developments (CDT) that NASA has identified as priorities for future research. Keeping with our request from last year, we are asking you to submit applications with experiments in line with these topics.

SKG Document (PDF)

In addition to the SKG information listed above we are providing the following "Critical Technology Developments (CTD)" document. "Appendix C - Technology Descriptions" lists out topic areas to propose to that are important to future NASA research. We encourage you to use this document as well to theme your reduced gravity experiment proposals.

CTD Document (PDF)

Undergraduate teams submitting experiment proposals that are specifically in line with these research topics will be given first priority for selection. When completing your application to the program you will be asked to identify the SKG or CDT that aligns with your experiment. Experiments that are not directly in line with these SKG's or the CDT's will be reviewed for selection, but will not be given top priority.

Please check this website regularly for any updates regarding our requirements for the 2015 program.

About the Program

(FAQs, Flight Video, Generic Flight Week Schedule, Overview, Whom to Contact)

The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice.

Creating a Proposal

(Application Checklist, Forming a Team, How to Apply, Participation Criteria, Proposal Advice, Proposal Evaluation, Proposal Guidelines, Reasons for Disqualification, Types of Proposals, Chat Transcripts)

Generating an idea for a microgravity experiment is the first stage in competing for a program “slot.” The idea for a reduced gravity experiment is developed by a team of undergraduate students - either as part of a class project or as independent research.

Prior Campaigns

(Archives, Campaign Photographs, Annual Reports)

View past Student Flight Programs and media coverage.