The Ueberflieger2 mission is a follow-up to the successful Ueberflieger initiative launched in 2016. Recognizing the critical need for scientific advancement, both organizations sought to encourage students to engage in cutting-edge research and experimentation. By offering access to the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Ueberflieger provided a platform for students to conduct innovative experiments that would be impossible to perform on Earth.
The first Ueberflieger mission saw the selection of three student projects, which focused on a diverse range of topics, including the study of cosmic radiation effects on bacterial endospores, the behavior of granular materials in microgravity, and the potential of electrohydrodynamic pumping systems for heat management in space. The successful execution of these projects led to valuable scientific discoveries and contributed to the ongoing expansion of knowledge in their respective fields.
Driven by the success of the inaugural Ueberflieger mission, Yuri, DLR and LSA decided to continue their support for student-led research in space, resulting in the Ueberflieger2 initiative. This program builds upon the foundation laid by its predecessor by offering even more opportunities for students to explore their scientific interests and develop innovative solutions to challenges faced in various industries.
Now Yuri is proud to present the Ueberflieger2 mission, an extraordinary competition that propels student experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). This groundbreaking initiative offers young scientists and engineers the opportunity to expand their research beyond Earth’s boundaries, exploring the potential of their innovative projects under unique microgravity conditions.
Ueberflieger2 is a joint project between Yuri, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), offering the chance for three German and one Luxembourg student teams to send their experiments to the ISS. Yuri has been closely involved in the mission, providing valuable technical advice to the teams to help bring their ideas to life in zero gravity.
The four student teams participating in Ueberflieger2 represent a wide range of scientific disciplines, from chemistry to physics and biology. Their projects include:
The Ueberflieger2 mission lifted off on March 14, 2023, from the iconic Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch marked a significant milestone for the student teams who had been preparing for this moment for months. The experiments from these teams were carefully stowed onboard the SpaceX CRS-27 capsule, which played a crucial role in transporting the payloads to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Falcon 9 rocket, developed by SpaceX, roared into the sky, its engines propelling it with incredible force as it climbed through Earth’s atmosphere. The student teams, Yuri representatives, and members from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) watched in awe as their hard work took flight, embarking on a journey to the frontier of human knowledge.
After approximately 48 hours of travel, the Dragon capsule, housing the student experiments, autonomously docked with the ISS’s Harmony module. NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg monitored the process, ensuring the safe arrival of the 2852 kg of payloads.
As the Ueberflieger2 mission progresses, the student teams’ experiments will be operated on the ISS for at least 30 days. The teams will continue to work closely with Yuri, DLR, and LSA to ensure the success of their projects, and the valuable data they collect will contribute to the advancement of scientific research and space exploration.
Stay tuned for updates on the Ueberflieger2 mission as we follow the progress of these ambitious student teams and celebrate their achievements in pushing the boundaries of scientific research beyond Earth.