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The DLR (German Aerospace Center) wants to invite especially young people to bring their ideas into space sciences. A unique opportunity to do so is the “Überflieger” competition. Thereby, the DLR encourages students from any background to present their experimental ideas. The best three teams will be chosen via a two-step selection process. Those will have the possibility to eventually send their experiments to the international space station (ISS) after a one-year preparation time. A grant is provided by the DLR RFM (grant authorities). The experiments are supposed to run autonomously in a small NanoLabCube which is only 10x10x15 cm in size. They are supervised by the German astronaut Alexander Gerst aboard the ISS. The teams will be advised and supported by space specialists from DLR during the whole preparation period.

The ISS has served as a platform for more than 1500 experiments within the last 15 years. It provides an unique environment for experiments which need to be conducted under micro gravity.

Find out more about the “Überflieger” competition here: