Eighth round of applications for Drop Tower Experiment Series are open

Applications for the eighth round of the fellowship programme for Drop Tower Experiment Series are open. The deadline is 30 June 2021, 23:59 CET.


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the  Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and the  German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administrations announced the eighth round of the Fellowship Programme for “Drop Tower Experiment Series” (DropTES)The deadline for applications submission is 30 June 2021, 23:59 CET.

The fellowship programme offers a selected research team the opportunity to conduct its own microgravity experiments at the Bremen Drop Tower. The series of experiments will consist of four drops or catapult launches during which approximately 5 or 10 seconds of microgravity, respectively, are produced.

The Bremen Drop Tower in Germany is a ground-based laboratory with a drop tube of a height of 146 meters, which can enable short microgravity experiments to be performed in various scientific fields, such as fluid physics, combustion, thermodynamics, material science and biotechnology.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from entities that are Member-States of the United Nations. Teams should consist of up to four Bachelor, Master and/or PhD students who an academic supervisor must endorse.
  • It is further required that the proposed experiment be an integral part of the students’ syllabuses, that is, part of a Bachelor thesis, a Master thesis, a PhD thesis, or another form of research project associated with the applicants’ studies at the respective university.

How to apply

The fully completed application documents of the letter of endorsement from the head of the entity (Document 1) and DropTES Mission Application (Document 2) must be submitted to OOSA by 30 June 2021 23:59 CET by email to the following address: unoosa-access-to-space@un.org.

In the email, applying entities are requested to attach scanned copies of Document 1 and the cover page of Document 2 as pdf-file (.pdf) and the entire document of Document 2 in pdf. Please note that the OOSA email account only accepts emails with a size limit of up to 10 M bytes. Submission of all necessary documents (Document 1 and Document 2) is mandatory.

For more information, visit the UNOOSA website.

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