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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions

TABLE F.1 Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions

Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0001-PS Active 2011 2/2/- DIR. Suborbital Flight Environment Monitor (SFEM) NASA Ames Research Center
T0003-PS Active 2011 2/-/- AFO1 On-Orbit Propellant Storage Stability Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
T0004-PS Active 2011 4/-/- AFO1 Printing the Space Future Made in Space, Inc. Made in Space
T0008-P Active 2011 4 AFO1 Indexing Media Filtration System Aerfil, LLC
T0015-S Active 2011 AFO1 Electromagnetic Field Measurements on sRLV Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
T0020-PS Active 2011 3/-/- AFO2 Microgravity Multi-Phase Flow Experiment for Suborbital Testing (MFEST) NASA Johnson Space Center Zero Gravity Corporation
T0021-S Active 2011 2 AFO2 Application of controlled vibrations to multiphase systems Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya/University of Alabama, Huntsville
T0022-S Active 2011 AFO2 Environment monitoring suite on sRLV Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0023-S Pending 2011 AFO2 Measurement of the Atmospheric Background in the Mesosphere Silicon Valley Space Center
T0024-S Active 2011 AFO2 RF Gauging of the Liquid Oxygen Tank on sRLV NASA Glenn Research Center
T0027-P* Completed 2011 2 AFO2 Autonomous Cell Culture Apparatus for Growing 3-Dimensional Tissues in Microgravity NASA Johnson Space Center Zero Gravity Corporation
T0034-S Active 2012 AFO3 Terrain Relative Navigation Descent Imager (TRNDI) Draper Laboratory
T0035-PS Active 2012 1/-/- AFO3 Near-Zero Gravity Cryogenic Line Chilldown Experiment in a Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle University of Florida
T0036-S Active 2012 AFO3 Collisions Into Dust Experiment on a Commercial Suborbital Vehicle University of Central Florida Blue Origin
T0039-P Pending 2012 AFO3 Fuel Mass Gauging Based on Electrical Capacitance Volumetric Tomography Techniques NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
T0043-P Pending 2012 1 AFO3 Parabolic Flight: Validation of Electro- Hydrodynamic Gas-Liquid Phase Separation in Microgravity New Jersey Institute of Technology
T0044-P Active 2012 1 AFO3 Sintering of Composite Materials under Reduced Gravity Conditions University of Central Florida
T0045-P Active 2012 1 AFO3 Evaporative Heat Transfer Mechanisms within a Heat Melt Compactor (EHeM HMC) Advanced Technical Institute I.T.I.S “E. Fermi,” Italy
T0046-S Pending 2012 AFO3 Polar Mesospheric Cloud Imaging and Tomography Experiment Space Science Institute
T0049-P Active 2012 3 AFO3 Parabolic Flight Evaluation of a Hermetic Surgery System for Reduced Gravity Experiment NASA Glenn Research Center
T0050-B Active 2012 AFO3 Flight Demonstration of an Integrated Camera and Solid-State Fine Steering System Southwest Research Institute
T0052-S Active 2012 AFO3 Collection of Regolith Experiment (CORE) on a Commercial Suborbital Vehicle University of Louisville
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0053-PS Active 2012 1/-/- AFO4 Validating Telemetric Imaging Hardware for Crew Assisted and Crew-Autonomous Biological Imaging in Suborbital Applications University of Central Florida
T0054-B Active 2012 1 AFO4 Stratospheric Parabolic Flight Technology Purdue University
T0056-P Pending 2013 AFO5 UAH ChargerSat-2 Parabolic Flight Testing University of Alabama, Huntsville
T0057-P* Active 2013 2 AFO5 Hybrid Ultimate Lifting Kit (HULK) Device Demonstration during Parabolic Flight University of Florida
T0058-P Pending 2013 AFO5 Assessing Otolith-Organ Function with Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials NASA Glenn Research Center
T0059-P Active 2013 1 AFO5 On the performance of a nanocatalyst-based direct ammonia alkaline fuel cell (VEMPs) in Parabolic Flight Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
T0061-SB Active 2013 -/1/1 AFO5 Flight Testing of a UAT ADS-B Transmitter Prototype for Commercial Space Transportation Using sRLV Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
T0062-P Pending 2013 AFO5 In-Flight Lab Analysis Technology Demonstration in Reduced Gravity (DAAFC) under microgravity conditions University of Puerto Rico, Rio Pedras
T0064-B Active 2013 AFO5 Deployable Rigid Adjustable Guided Final Landing Approach Pinions (DRAG FLAPs) Masten Space Systems Inc. Masten Space Systems
T0066-B* Completed 2013 3 AFO5 Guided Parafoil High Altitude Research Airborne Systems North America of CA, Inc.
T0073-S* Completed 2012 1 DIR. Radial Core Heat Spreader NASA Glenn Research Center
T0075-S Active 2012 1 DIR. Exo-Atmosperic Aerobrake NASA Ames Research Center
T0076-S Pending 2012 NRA1 Demonstration of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nano-tubes for Earth Climate Remote Sensing Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
T0077-S* Active 2012 2 NRA1 Facility for Microgravity Research and Submicroradian Stabilization using sRLVs Controlled Dynamics Inc
T0078-S Pending 2012 NRA1 Enhanced Thermal Switch Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0079-S Active 2012 NRA1 Autonomous Flight Manager for Human-in-the-Loop Immersive Simulation and NASA Glenn Research Center
T0080-S Completed 2012 1 NRA1 Advanced Micro Sun Sensor NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
T0081-PS Active 2012 1/-/- NRA1 Demonstration of Variable Radiator Texas A&M University
T0082-S Pending 2012 NRA1 Dynamic Microscopy System Flight Test of Terrestrial Rockets Draper Laboratory
T0083-PS Active 2012 1/-/- NRA1 Design and Development of a Micro Satellite Attitude Control System State University of New York, Buffalo
T0084-S Active 2012 1 NRA1 Suborbital Test of a Robotics-Based Method for In Orbit Identification of Spacecraft Inertia Properties Inertia Properties New Mexico State University
T0085-S Active 2012 NRA1 SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform Southwest Research Institute
T0086-S Active 2012 NRA1 Saturated Fluid Pistonless Pump Technology Demonstrator University of Colorado
T0087-S Pending 2012 NRA1 Electric-hydrodynamic Control of Two-Phase Heat Transfer in Microgravity New Jersey Institute of Technology
T0088-S* Active 2012 1 NRA1 An FPGA-based, Radiation Tolerant, Reconfigurable Computer System with Real Time Fault Detection, Avoidance, and Repair Montana State University
T0092-S* Completed 2013 1 AFO6 Precision Formation Flying Sensor University of Colorado
T0095-SB Active 2013 -/1/1 AFO6 Test of Satellite Communications Systems onboard Suborbital Platforms to Provide Low-Cost Data Communications Solstar Communications
T0097-B* Pending 2013 2 AFO6 Planetary Atmosphere Minor Species Sensor University of Central Florida
T0098-S Active 2013 AFO6 Navigation Doppler Lidar Sensor Demonstration for Precision Landing on Solar System Bodies NASA Langley Research Center
T0100-P Completed 2013 2 AFO6 Creation of Titanium-Based Nanofoams in Reduced Gravity for Dye-Sensitized Solar Techshot, Inc.
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0102-P Pending 2013 1 AFO6 Demonstration of Adjustable Fluidic Lens in Microgravity University of Arizona
T0104-PS Pending 2013 AFO6 Real Time Conformational Analysis of Rhodopsin using Plasmon Waveguide Resonance Spectroscopy Cell Production Northwestern University
T0106-B Active 2013 AFO6 Low-Cost Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV) Surrogate GSSL Inc.
T0109-P Active 2013 AFO6 Advanced Optical Mass Gauge Mass Dynamix, Inc.
T0110-P Active 2013 1 DIR. Wet Lab NASA Ames Research Center
T0111-S Pending 2013 NRA2 Rocket Flight of a Delta-Doped CCD Focal Plane Array for CHESS Arizona State University
T0112-S Active 2013 NRA2 Spacecraft Disturbance Isolation and Rejection Platform (SDIRP) NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
T0113-B Pending 2013 NRA2 Focal Plane Actuation to Achieve Ultra-High Resolution on Suborbital Balloon Payloads Arizona State University
T0114-S Pending 2013 NRA2 Technology Demonstration of Graphene Ion Membranes for Earth and Space Applications Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
T0115-S Active 2013 NRA2 EDL Technology Development for the Maraia Earth Return Capsule NASA Johnson Space Center
T0116-S Active 2013 NRA2 Operational Demonstration of the MPS-120 CubeSat High-impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System Aerojet General Corporation
T0117-S Pending 2013 NRA2 1U CubeSat Green Propulsion System with Post- Launch Pressurization Busek Co. Inc.
T0118-S Pending 2013 NRA2 Iodine RF Ion Thruster Development Busek Co. Inc.
T0119-S Active 2013 NRA2 Inductively Coupled Electromagnetic (ICE) Thruster System Development for Small Spacecraft Propulsion MSNW LLC
T0120-S Pending 2013 NRA2 Advanced Hybrid Rocket Motor Propulsion Unit for CubeSats (PUC)r The Aerospace Corporation
T0121-S* Completed 2013 1 USIP Flyover Mapping and Modeling of Terrain Features Carnegie Mellon University Masten Space Systems
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0123-P Completed 2013 2 USIP Microgravity Propellant Gauging Using Modal Analysis Carthage College
T0124-B* Completed 2013 1 USIP Gannon University’s Cosmic-Ray Calorimeter (GU-CRC) Gannon University
T0126-P* Pending 2014 1 AFO8 Validating Microgravity Mobility Models for Hopping/Tumbling Robots NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
T0128-S Active 2014 AFO8 Zero-gravity Green Propellant Management Technology Purdue University
T0129-P Active 2014 1 AFO8 Testing of a Microgravity Rock Coring Drill Using Microspines NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
T0131-P Active 2014 1 AFO8 Enhanced Dynamic Load Sensors for ISS (EDLS-ISS) Operational Feasibility for ARED Aurora Flight Sciences
T0132-P* Completed 2014 2 AFO8 Effects of Microgravity on Intracranial Pressure University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
T0133-P Active 2014 1 AFO8 Payload Separation Performance of a New 6U CubeSat Canisterized Satellite Dispenser Air Force Research Laboratory
T0135-P* Completed 2014 2 AFO8 Testing ON-OFF Gecko Adhesive Grippers in Microgravity NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
T0137-S Active 2014 2 AFO8 Fuel Optimal and Accurate Landing System Test Flights NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
T0138-P Completed 2014 2 AFO8 Reduced Gravity Flight Demonstration of SPHERES INSPECT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
T0139-S Active 2014 DIR. ADEPT NASA Ames Research Center
T0140-P Active 2014 1 DIR. Lunar Plants NASA Ames Research Center
T0141-B* Completed 2014 1 NRA2 Demonstration of Enabling Communications Technologies for Future Low-Cost Small Earth Return Vehicles Terminal Velocity Aerospace
T0142-S Active 2014 DIR. Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA) NASA Ames Research Center
T0143-B Active 2015 DIR. ORS Bi-Static RF Imager Air Force Research Laboratory
T0144-S Active 2015 DIR. PULSAR NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Title # Status Year Launched Type of Flight (P/S/B) Origin Commercial Spaceflight Federation List of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions
Payload Affiliation Commercial Company
T0145-P Active 2015 REDDI1 4 Low-Gravity Flow Boiling on Modern Textured Surfaces Purdue University
T0146-P Active 2015 REDDI1 4 Droplet Pinning in Microgravity Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
T0147-P Active 2015 REDDI1 4 Modal Propellant Gauging in Microgravity Carthage College
T0148-S Pending 2015 REDDI1 4 Demonstration of One-Fault Tolerant Precision Navigation for Autolanding Airless Bodies: Flight Two Astrobotic Technology, Inc.
T0149-P Active 2015 REDDI1 4 Microgravity Fabrication of Freeze-cast Titanium Foams Northwestern University
T0150-P Active 2015 REDDI1 4 Advancing Diaphragm Modeling Technology for Propellant Management Purdue University
T0151-B Active 2015 DIR. PRANDTL-M NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
T0152-P Active 2015 DIR. ISS Life Science Glovebox (LSG) Crew Restraint NASA Ames Resarch Center
T0153-B Active 2015 DIR. Mars Electric Reusable Flyer NASA Langley Research Center
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Listing of Microgravity Experiments Since 2011 that Have Flown on Balloons, Parabolic, or Suborbital Missions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24966.
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The 2011 National Research Council decadal survey on biological and physical sciences in space, Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era, was written during a critical period in the evolution of science in support of space exploration. The research agenda in space life and physical sciences had been significantly descoped during the programmatic adjustments of the Vision for Space Exploration in 2005, and this occurred in the same era as the International Space Station (ISS) assembly was nearing completion in 2011. Out of that period of change, Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration presented a cogent argument for the critical need for space life and physical sciences, both for enabling and expanding the exploration capabilities of NASA as well as for contributing unique science in many fields that can be enabled by access to the spaceflight environment.

Since the 2011 publication of the decadal survey, NASA has seen tremendous change, including the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program and the maturation of the ISS. NASA formation of the Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications provided renewed focus on the research of the decadal survey. NASA has modestly regrown some of the budget of space life and physical sciences within the agency and engaged the U.S. science community outside NASA to join in this research. In addition, NASA has collaborated with the international space science community.

This midterm assessment reviews NASA’s progress since the 2011 decadal survey in order to evaluate the high-priority research identified in the decadal survey in light of future human Mars exploration. It makes recommendations on science priorities, specifically those priorities that best enable deep space exploration.

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