Researchers from several local companies and universities have won opportunities to fly small payloads aboard the International Space Station.
The selected researchers, according to Florida Today, were among eight winners of the ISS Research Competition sponsored by Space Florida and NanoRacks. The winners were announced Thursday at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research’s meeting this week in New Orleans.
The local scientists selected to fly small payloads aboard the space station were from the Kennedy Space Center-based Cella Energy and CSS-Dynamac, plus Florida Tech, the University of Central Florida and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Institute at Lake Nona, according to Florida Today.
The payloads from the selected researchers will be in what is called “NanoLab” boxes, provided by NanoRacks. The eight research payloads are expected to be flown to the station’s U.S. National Lab on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule tentatively scheduled for launch in December 2013.
Space Florida, the state aerospace development agency, will cover the transportation cost.