Blue Origin Announcement

Current status: Second round of proposals is now closed and under evaluation. The finalist team will be announced on May 1, 2019.

Would you like to see your nano-experiment fly on a zero-gravity space flight? The MIT Portugal NanoLab Student Payload Competition opens today for Portuguese university students. We’ve partnered with Blue Origin to include YOUR experiment on the New Shepard launch in late 2019.

Competition Rules:

  • Nano-experiments must be 10.16 x 10.16 x 20.32 cm with a total mass of less than 0.5 kg
  • No leakage
  • Minimal electromagnetic output
  • No stored energy
  • No hazardous chemicals or biohazards
  • Liquids under 5 mL
  • All applications materials must be in ENGLISH only

Key Milestone Dates:

First Round Entry Form & Proposals Due; Feb 18, 2019 Feb 24, 2019 [last call]
Second round team selections announced March 1, 2019
Second round due (with MIT team members input) April 1, 2019
Finalist Team Announced May 1, 2019
Initial Payload Data Packages Due from finalist team L-5mo (July 1)
Interface Control Document drafted L-4mo (Aug 1)
Final Payload Data Packages Due L-3mo (Sept 1)
Final Hardware due L-1mo (Nov 1)
Flight (L-0) Late Q4 2019-Q1 2020

Current phase: We are currently evaluating the second round of proposals. The finalist team will be announced on May 1, 2019.

  document Round 1 Entry Form (22 KB)

  pdf Supporting documents (70 KB)

A special thanks to Blue Origin for this exciting opportunity!

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