NASA to Launch Experiment Designed by UAE Student
A grade 11 student of Emirates International School – Jumeirah, Gavin Vasandani, has been selected by Cubes in Space, from 20,000 applicants around the world, to launch his experiment in space.
Cubes in Space, a programme by idoodledu inc., is the only global competition for students 11-18 years of age to design and propose experiments to launch into space or a near space environment on a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure scientific balloon.
A total of 100 experiments were chosen to be tested.
Vasandani proposed the implementation of carbon nanotube coating to increase radiation shielding efficiency in spacecraft which contributes to its lifespan.
Vasandani was guided by Johan Swartz, Head of Science, MYP & DP Physics Teacher, Emirates International School, throughout the process,
The experiment consists of assessing the correlation of layers, structurization and dopant of carbon nanotube structures, for the novel implementation in material coating.
This enables substantial radiation deflecting capabilities, temperature resistance and cost-effective solutions for extraterrestrial manned missions.
Gavin’s experiment will be launched into space from NASA’S Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in September 2018.
The experiment is inspired by the Emirates Mars Mission, the first ever Arab mission to Mars. He aims that the result of his experiment will be beneficial in supporting the major radiation concerns in the UAE’s current mission and future missions.
Gavin Vasandani said, “I am thrilled that my experiment was selected by Cubes in Space. My science teacher has always encouraged me to believe in my dreams and this is what motivated me to apply to the programme.”