SSEP Flight Opportunities to Date

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Last update of this page: July 27, 2017, 12:58 pm ET

 

To date, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, have announced 14 flight opportunities for communities to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP): SSEP on STS-134 and STS-135, the final flights of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program, and SSEP Missions 1 through 12 to the International Space Station (ISS).

Flight Status: SSEP on STS-134 and STS-135, and Missions 1 through 7 to ISS have now been completed. Missions 8, 9, 10, and 11 to ISS are in progress. Mission 12 is currently onboarding for a Mission start in September 2017. 

For Each Flight Opportunity—

  • NCESSE issues a national Announcement of Opportunity inviting participation by communities across the U.S.; the Clarke Institute issues an Announcement of Opportunity inviting participation by communities internationally;
  • a network of participating communities is established;
  • each participating community is provided all launch services to fly to low Earth orbit a microgravity research mini-laboratory containing a single student team designed experiment. The community conducts a local experiment design competition engaging 300+ students in teams of typically 3-5, each team submitting a formal proposal for a microgravity experiment. The local experiment design competition results in a selected flight experiment for the community.

On this website, each flight opportunity has its own Mission main page, which has three important subpages: a Critical Timeline, detailing milestones from announcement of opportunity through flight of the selected experiments; a unique Mini-Laboratory Operation page; and a Mission Patch Art and Design Competition page. All participants in SSEP need to become fully familiar with their Mission main page and its subpages.

Jump to a specific SSEP Mission main page, or view summaries of all missions to date below:
SSEP Mission 12 to ISS NEW OPPORTUNITY
SSEP Mission 11 to ISS
SSEP Mission 10 to ISS
SSEP Mission 9 to ISS
SSEP Mission 8 to ISS
SSEP Mission 7 to ISS
SSEP Mission 6 to ISS
SSEP Mission 5 to ISS
SSEP Mission 4 to ISS
SSEP Mission 3 to ISS
SSEP Mission 2 to ISS
SSEP Mission 1 to ISS
SSEP on STS-135
SSEP on STS-134

Click Here to See a Summary of SSEP Missions by Launch Date


Summary Of SSEP Missions by Launch Date

Final Flight of Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134)
launched May 16, 2011, carrying 16 SSEP Experiments (SSEP1 Eagle payload)

Final Flight of Shuttle Atlantis, and of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program (STS-135)
launched July 8, 2011, carrying 11 SSEP experiments (SSEP2 Intrepid payload)

SSEP Mission 1 to the International Space Station
launched May 22, 2012, aboard SpaceX Dragon demonstration flight (COTS 2+) – the first commercial vehicle to berth with ISS, with 15 SSEP Mission 1 experiments (SSEP3 Aquarius payload)

SSEP Mission 2 to the International Space Station
launched October 7, 2012, aboard SpaceX-1 – the first operational flight of the Dragon spacecraft, with 11 SSEP Mission 2 experiments (SSEP4 Antares payload); and 12 SSEP
Mission 1 re-flight experiments (SSEP3b Aquarius II payload)

SSEP Mission 3 to the International Space Station
Mission 3a: launched September 18, 2013, aboard Orbital Sciences Demonstration 1 (Orb-D1), the first time the Cygnus spacecraft berthed with ISS, with 5 (of 17) SSEP Mission 3 experiments; 1 SSEP Mission 1 re-flight experiment; and 1 SSEP Mission 2 re-flight experiment (in toto the SSEP5a Falcon I payload)

Mission 3b: launched January 9, 2014, aboard Orb-1, the first operational flight of the Cygnus spacecraft, with 12 (of 17) SSEP Mission 3 experiments; (SSEP5b Falcon II payload)

SSEP Mission 4 to the International Space Station
launched January 9, 2014, aboard Orb-1, the first operational flight of the Cygnus spacecraft, with 11 SSEP Mission 4 experiments (SSEP6 Orion payload)

SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station
launched July 13, 2014, aboard Orb-2, with 15 SSEP Mission 5 experiments (SSEP7 Charlie Brown payload)

SSEP Mission 6 to the International Space Station
launched October 28, 2014, aboard Orb-3, with 18 SSEP Mission 6 experiments (SSEP8 Yankee Clipper payload); payload lost on launch failure and subsequent detonation of rocket; 17 of 18 experiments reconstituted as Yankee Clipper II payload (SSEP8b), launched on January 10, 2015, aboard SpaceX-5

SSEP Mission 7 to the International Space Station
launched June 28, 2015, aboard SpaceX-7, with 27 SSEP experiments (SSEP9 Odyssey payload): 24 Mission 7 experiments, 1 re-flight experiment from Mission 6, and 2 re-flight experiments from Mission 5; payload lost on rocket failure approximately 2 minutes after launch; 23 of 24 Mission 7 experiments, and 2 of the 3 re-flight experiments (1 from Mission 5 and 1 from Mission 6), were reconstituted as Odyssey II payload (SSEP9b) and launched April 8, 2016, aboard SpaceX-8.

SSEP Mission 8 to the International Space Station
launched July 18, 2016, aboard SpaceX-9, with 15 SSEP Mission 8 experiments (SSEP10 Kitty Hawk payload)

SSEP Mission 9 to the International Space Station
launched February 19, 2017, aboard SpaceX-10, with 22 SSEP experiments (SSEP11 Endeavor payload): 21 SSEP Mission 9 experiments and 1 re-flight experiment from Mission 7

SSEP Mission 10 to the International Space Station
launched June 3, 2017, aboard SpaceX-11, with 11 SSEP Mission 10 experiments (SSEP12 Casper payload)

SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station
currently scheduled to launch August 10, 2017, (7/27/17: there are indications that this date may slip) aboard SpaceX-12, with 21 SSEP Mission 11 experiments and 1 SSEP Mission 9 experiment (SSEP13 America payload)

Click Here to See Summaries of SSEP Mission Critical Milestones

Summaries of SSEP Mission Critical Milestones  

1) SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station
IN PROGRESS
Number of Participating Communities: 21 (explore the Mission 11 to ISS Community Network)
Scope: 9,870 grade 5-16 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received: 1,959
Number of experiments selected for flight: 21, one for each community (explore Mission 11 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: March 30, 2016 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: August 29, 2016
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: September 6 – November 4, 2016 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 15, 2016
Launch: currently expected August 10, 2017, SpaceX-12 (7/27/17: there are indications that this date may slip)
Landing: date TBD, SpaceX-12
SSEP National Conference for students: June 28-29, 2017 and likely early July 2018; at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station main page

 

2) SSEP Mission 10 to the International Space Station
IN PROGRESS
Number of Participating Communities: 11 (explore the Mission 10 to ISS Community Network)
Scope: 3,660 grade 5-16 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received: 685
Number of experiments selected for flight: 11, one for each community (explore the Mission 10 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: October 2, 2015 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: February 15, 2016
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: February 22 – April 22, 2016 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: May 26, 2016
Launch: June 3, 2017, SpaceX-11
Landing: July 3, 2017, SpaceX-11
SSEP National Conference for students: June 29-30, 2016, and June 28-29, 2017; at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 10 to the International Space Station main page

 

3) SSEP Mission 9 to the International Space Station
IN PROGRESS
Number of Participating Communities: 21 (explore the Mission 9 to ISS Community Network)
Scope: 11,900 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received: 2,466
Number of experiments selected for flight: 21, one for each community (explore the Mission 9 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: March 20, 0215 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: August 31, 2015
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: September 7 – November 6, 2015 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 17, 2015
Launch: February 19, 2017, 9:38 am ET, SpaceX-10 
Landing: March 21, 2017, SpaceX-10
SSEP National Conference for students: June 29-30, 2016, and June 28-29, 2017; at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 9 to the International Space Station main page

 

4) SSEP Mission 8 to the International Space Station
IN PROGRESS

Number of Participating Communities: 14 (explore the Mission 8 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
3,290 grade 5-16 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
708
Number of experiments selected for flight:
15, one for each community, with one community flying two experiments (explore the Mission 8 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: October 9, 2014 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: February 16, 2015
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: February 23 – April 24, 2015 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: May 28, 2015
Launch: July 18, 2016, SpaceX-9
Landing: August 26, 2016, SpaceX-9
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2015, June 29-30, 2016, and June 28-29, 2017; at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 8 to the International Space Station main page

 

5) SSEP Mission 7 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 24 (explore the Mission 7 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
10,760 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
2,521
Number of experiments selected for flight: 24, one for each community (explore the Mission 7 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: April 21, 2014 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: September 3, 2014
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: September 8 through November 7, 2014 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 17, 2014
Launch: June 28, 2015, SpaceX-7 – vehicle lost; April 8, 2016, SpaceX-8
Landing: May 11, 2016, SpaceX-8
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2015, and June 29-30, 2016, at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 7 to the International Space Station main page

 

6) SSEP Mission 6 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 18 (explore the Mission 6 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
6,860 grade 5-15 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
1,487
Number of experiments selected for flight: 18one for each community (explore the Mission 6 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: October 2, 2013 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: February 18, 2014
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: February 24 – April 28, 2014 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: May 29, 2014
Launch: October 28, 2014, Orb-3 – vehicle destroyed; re-launched January 10, 2015, SpaceX-5
Landing: February 10, 2015, SpaceX-5
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2014, and July 2-3, 2015, at Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 6 to the International Space Station main page

 

7) SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 15 (explore the Mission 5 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
6,750 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
 1,344
Number of experiments selected for flight:
15, one for each community (explore the Mission 5 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: May 14, 2013 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: September 6, 2013
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: September 9 – November 11, 2013 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 12, 2013
Launch: July 13, 2014, Orb -2
Landing: October 25, 2014, SpaceX-4
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2014, and July 2-3, 2015, at Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station main page

 

8) SSEP Mission 4 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 11 (explore the Mission 4 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
3,080 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
744
Number of experiments selected for flight:
11, one for each community (explore the Mission 4 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: November 15, 2012 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: February 18, 2013
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: February 25 – April 29, 2013 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: May 30, 2013
Launch: January 9, 2014, Orb-1
Landing: March 10, 2014, Soyuz 36S
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2013, and July 2-3, 2014, at Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 4 to the International Space Station main page

 

9) SSEP Mission 3 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 17 (explore the Mission 3 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
7,200 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received: 
1,466
Number of experiments
selected for flight: 17, one for each community (explore the Mission 3 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: April 29, 2012 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: September 12, 2012
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: September 17 – November 9, 2012 (8 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 7, 2012
Launch: Mission 3a: September 18, 2013, Orbital Sciences Demonstration 1 (Orb-D1) (5 of 17 experiments); Mission 3b: January 9, 2014, Orb-1 (12 of 17 experiments)  
Landing: Mission 3a: November 10, 2013, Soyuz 35S (5 of 17 experiments); Mission 3b: March 10, 2014, Soyuz 36S (12 of 17 experiments)
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2013, and July 2-3, 2014, at Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum, Washington, DC (see SSEP National Conference page)
Notable: historic nature of the flight of the SSEP Falcon I payload on D-1 Cygnus.

Jump to SSEP Mission 3 to the International Space Station main page

 

10) SSEP Mission 2 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 11 (explore the Mission 2 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
3,930 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
1,125
Number of experiments selected for flight: 11, one for each community (explore the Mission 2 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: November 15, 2011 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: February 27, 2012
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: 
March 5 – April 30, 2012 (8 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection:
May 31, 2012
Launch: October 7, 2012, SpaceX-1
Landing: November 19, 2012, Soyuz (TMA-05M) 31S
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2012, and July 2-3, 2013, at Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum, Washington, DC (see, e.g., 2013 SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to SSEP Mission 2 to the International Space Station main page

 

11) SSEP Mission 1 to the International Space Station
COMPLETED

Number of Participating Communities: 12 (explore the Mission 1 to ISS Community Network)
Scope:
3,490 grade 5-14 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
779
Number of experiments selected for flight: 15, one for each community, and 3 backup (explore the Mission 1 experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: July 31, 2011 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: September 15, 2011
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: October 3 – November 28, 2011 (8 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 23, 2011
Launch: May 22, 2012, SpaceX Dragon COTS 2+
Landing: July 1, 2012, Soyuz 29
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2012, and July 2-3, 2013, at Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum, Washington, DC (see 2012 SSEP National Conference page)
Notable: media coverage of SSEP on SpaceX Dragonhistoric nature of the flight

Jump to SSEP Mission 1 to the International Space Station main page

 

12) STS-135 — the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis—and the final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program
COMPLETED

Number of participating communities: 11 (explore the STS-135 Community Network)
Scope: 2,100 grade 5-12 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
530
Number of experiments selected for flight: 11, one for each community (explore the STS-135 Flight Experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: December 22, 2010 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Deadline for communities to be aboard: March 18, 2011
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: March 21 – May 9, 2011 (7 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: May 27, 2011 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Launch:  July 8, 2011
Landing:
July 21, 2011
SSEP National Conference for students: July 2-3, 2012, at Smithsonian National Air
and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see 2012 SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to STS-135, the Final Flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis main page

 

13) STS-134 — the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour
COMPLETED

Number of participating communities: 16 (explore the STS-134 Community Network)
Scope: 1,800 grade 5-14 students fully engaged in experiment design
Number of student team proposals received:
447
Number of experiments selected for flight: 16, one for each community (explore the STS-134 Flight Experiments)

Announcement of Opportunity: June 1, 2010
Deadline for communities to be aboard:
August 6, 2010
Experiment design competition and proposal writing:
September 13 – November 11, 2010 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection:
November 30, 2010 (see SSEP National Blog Post)
Launch:  
May 16, 2011
Landing:
June 1, 2011
SSEP National Conference for students:
July 6-7, 2011, at Smithsonian National Air
and Space Museum, Washington, DC (see 2011 SSEP National Conference page)

Jump to STS-134, the Final Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour main page

 

 

 

Flight Ops Management

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.