Why ground based research studies?
In the area of acceleration research there are various reasons to perform ground-based research studies. Some of the reasons why ground based research may be interesting or necessary to consider are for example:
Since most ground based research facilities are readily available, studies may be performed on a day to day basis generating sound scientific data publishable in applicable journals.
Figure: Schematic presentation of potential experiment opportunities compared to 'classic' experiment setups. Novel space station facilities as well as ground simulations and centrifuges may be applied to study the role of weight (accelerations) on various living and non-living samples.
The 'Ground Facilities' for hypergravity research are the:
The 'Ground Facilities' for microgravity (microweight) simulation are the:
The facilities addressed within this web site are available for both ESA and non-ESA scientists, engineers, students or commercial users. For any additional information not provided on this web site, please refer to the 'Contact Us' in the index at the left hand side.
For additional information you may download a paper published in the Proceedings of the 2nd European Symposium on the Utilisation of the International Space Station, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. 16-18 November 1998 (ESA SP-433, February 1999). This paper is in PDF format. If you do not have a PDF reader please click PDF icon