What is ICE Cubes?

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ESA / Education / Orbit Your Thesis

ICE Cubes Service is a simple and cost-effective way for your experiment or technology to fly onboard the International Space Station.

What is innovative about ICE Cubes?

The ICE Cubes Facility is a capable experiment platform that offers flexibility to host many different experiments. During flight, users are able to have near real-time telemetry (compatible with limitations imposed by ISS telecommunications) and telecommanding capabilities with the Experiment Cube from any location with an internet connection. 


What kind of experiments or research can be done?

ICE Cubes Facility is particularly suited for:

  1. testing and validating any technologies or components in a relevant space environment and raising their Technology Readiness Level (TRL) by in-orbit demonstration,
  2. any scientific research related to microgravity or space environment and
  3. STEM education.


Experiments in the following scientific disciplines can be accommodated:  Fluid Science, Foams, Colloidal chemistry, Nanoparticles, Proteins Crystallization, Materials, Radiation, Radiation Biology, Space biology, Microbiology, Cell biology, Plants biology, Stem cell research, Regenerative medicine, 3D Tissue engineering, Cancer research, etc.