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Photo: public domain (NASA)
Participation fee $0
Expenses $300
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Thanks to rapid advances in technology, it’s now possible to build high-quality space-science hardware with off-the-shelf parts –- stuff you’d find at Maker Shed or Radio Shack. We are seeking experiments that can be built on a citizen-science budget using facilities that are reasonably available to citizen scientists. That means a TechShop, hackerspace, or DIY Bio lab, not Area 51 or Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Citizens in Space


Invite public to fly in space and build real space experiments.
Build experiments that fly in space

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, plans to fly citizen-science experiments on fully reusable suborbital spacecraft that are now being developed by US companies.

Citizens in Space has acquired an initial contract for 10 flights with XCOR Aerospace, the Mojave, California-based company that is developing the Lynx spacecraft. It expects to acquire additional flights from XCOR and other companies in the future.

Citizens in Space is currently training three astronaut candidates to fly as operators. It will select and train seven additional astronaut candidates over the next 12 to 24 months. Citizens in Space is also inviting citizen scientists to build 100 experiments to fly on those flights, which are expected to begin in late 2013 or early 2014.

In addition to the general call for experiments, Citizens in Space will offer a cash prize for certain experiments deemed to be of special importance.




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