Previous Drop your Thesis! experiments

Every year ESA selects a team that will be given the opportunity to perform a 2 week campaign with the Drop tower, resulting in 5 launch opportunities.

Mechanisms of stripe formation in vibrated granular materials

The Fall of Fame team is composed of four bachelor degree students from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. They have investigated whether stripe formation of Amaranth grains is inhibited under reduced gravity when the normal force between particles and ground and thus friction goes to zero.

Granular Anisotropic Gases in Drop Tower Experiments

The GAGa DropT team is composed of three PhD students studying at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany). They have investigated the behaviour of granular anisotropic gases in microgravity.

Chemical signalling in roots under microgravity conditions

The Falling Roots team comprises two students from the University of Florence, Italy, who were selected to develop and perform a microgravity experiment during ESA's Drop your Thesis! 2011 campaign. Their experiment is a continuation of their investigation into how biological processes are affected by microgravity and hypergravity.

Bubble Jet Impingement in Microgravity Conditions

The BubJet team is made up of three students from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). They have developed an experimental setup to investigate the collision of bubble jets in microgravity conditions. The experiment has been carried out in October 2010 at the ZARM drop tower in Bremen, Germany.

New PDLC materials obtained from dispersion of liquid crystal under microgravity conditions

The Physics Addicted team

The Physics Addicted team of four students from the Physics Department of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Porto (FCUP). They have used the ZARM drop tower in Bremen, Germany, in 2009 to successfully conduct an experiment to study polymerisation of different types of Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals (PDLCs) under microgravity conditions. The polymerisation was achieved by using ultraviolet (UV) illumination.

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