The Large Diameter Centrifuge gondolas are equipped to provide power and data links to the experiments fitted aside. These might include physical, biological, geological and even astrogeological tests – one team investigated how crater impacts vary under higher gravity. Experiments can be spun for up to six months at a time non-stop, at changing g-profiles if needed. After that, the Centrifuge has to stop for routine maintenance.
Student teams from across Europe are given access to the Centrifuge through regular ‘Spin your Thesis’ campaigns, organised through ESA’s Education Office. Student teams are selected to take part by experts from ESA and the European Low Gravity Research Association. The 2014 Spin Your Thesis campaign is due to take place in September - October; the deadline for submitting your team’s ideas is on 3 March.