Shoot your very own experiment into space with ArduLab, a ready-for-research container that uses open source Arduino programming and is intended for microgravity research.
ArduLab officially launched on Wednesday, offering streamlined and efficient NASA-approved space experimentation to the general public, courtesy of Infinity Aerospace at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.
Prior to ArduLab, independent researchers pursuing space experiments would have dealt with a time-consuming approval process or government red tape issues. Starting at $4,999, users receive the ArduLab module, software, tech support, and the results of the space experiment. The lab features a microcontroller, screws to mount hardware and sensors, other hardware components, a USB cable to upload files to your computer, and a carrying case.
ArduLab is geared toward those pursuing microgravity research, as the box will spend time aboard the International Space Station or on a Virgin Galactic flight. Participants in Wednesday’s launch included Jet Propulsion Lab, Stanford University, high schools and other individual experimenters.
As Florida Atlantic University engineer Mark Hoerber comments on ArduLab in a YouTube video, “this would have saved me a lot of time” because it’s “already approved to fly.”
For more, check out the video above.
Image: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; Infinity Aerospace