Last update to this page: September 25, 2020, 7:42 am ET – Mission 13 information removed
To assist student proposers and their Teacher Facilitators, we have assembled the suite of resources listed below.
1. Technical Assistance
Technical assistance is available to all teachers and student teams throughout the experimental design process, to help with an understanding of the design constraints imposed by the research mini-laboratory to be used, the flight timeline, and the on-orbit protocols for conducting the experiment; and to address any general flight experiment questions and concerns.
If a teacher or student team has a question, we need it submitted in writing using the Contact button (see the Navigation banner at the top of this page). The question will automatically be sent to the SSEP Flight Operations Team.
2. This Website
We have designed this website to be a comprehensive, online, easy to read environment with full details of the Student Space Flight Experiments Program. Listed below are links to the important pages at this website for Student Teams and their Teacher Facilitators concerning the experiment design competition and details concerning the process of experiment design and mini-laboratory operation:
Visit the Flight Experiment Design Competition page for a good understanding of how the experiment design competition would work in your community, and an overview of the straightforward proposal submission process.
Visit the Designing the Flight Experiment page for a great overview of how to think about framing an SSEP experiment.
For the SSEP Mission 15 to ISS Flight Opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 15 to ISS page, which provides a Mission overview, and be sure to visit it’s important sub-pages:
SSEP Mission 15 to ISS: Critical Timeline, providing important milestones and due dates
SSEP Mission 15 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation, providing operating details and specifications for this easy-to-use min-lab, and important experiment design constraints
For the SSEP Mission 14 to ISS Flight Opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 14 to ISS page, which provides a Mission overview, and be sure to visit it’s important sub-pages:
SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Critical Timeline, providing important milestones and due dates
SSEP Mission 14 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation, providing operating details and specifications for this easy-to-use min-lab, and important experiment design constraints
3. The SSEP Document Library, and the Student Proposers Resource Library
The Document Library provides SSEP participating communities all the documents necessary to conduct the SSEP. All documents referred to throughout this website, as well as additional resource documents, are found here. This Library serves as a single download point for all documents, and provides a description for each.
The Documents Library also includes the Student Proposers Resource Library containing important information on the science of microgravity, case studies of microgravity experiments in the mini-lab to be used, and proposal requirements to help guide student proposers on experimental design, proposal submission, and experiment samples submission.
Jump to: Document Library
4. To Teachers—How to Move Forward
This is a wonderful resource for getting teachers up to speed on the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program in a straightforward way, and getting their students moving on experiment design. On this page you will find a step-by-step recipe for engagement in the classroom using the resources on this SSEP website.
Jump to: To Teachers—How to Move Forward page
We have set up two separate types of FAQs for SSEP, both of which are updated as questions are received by the SSEP Team. The SSEP Program FAQ addresses general program questions, while the SSEP Experiment Design FAQs address questions specifically regarding experiment design, the flight hardware to be used, and the experiment design constraints.
Jump to: FAQ main page