We're SpaceUnited, the first nonprofit humanitarian space agency, and we improve lives through space exploration. We recently donated three satellite images to relief organizations as a part of our crowdfunded ImageGryphon mission, and now we're here to tell you about ExploraLab.
Have you seen a space launch in person? Or how about a video of one online? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to conduct research in space? Well, we're not quite ready to send you into orbit, but we are doing the next best thing: a trip to the edge of space and back for your very own science experiment!
ExploraLab is an affordable, 3D printed payload carrier that could be yours for only $50.
How is this possible? Released from the ground, ExploraLabs ride on high altitude balloons to a height of 100,000 feet. That's about three times the altitude of a commercial airliner.
From there, you can see the curvature of Earth and the blackness of space. ExploraLabs experience dramatic changes in temperature, pressure, and solar radiation, just like other spacecraft.
We're partnering with Edge Of Space Sciences to launch 50 ExploraLabs in rural Colorado on Saturday, September 13th, and we plan to do many more trips after that.
Each ExploraLab is 3D printed with biodegradable plastic and shipped to the customer. Then, the customer puts their experiment in the carrier and sends it back to us. We fly it and send it back one more time, at which point the ExploraLab and experiment are the customer's to keep. Plus, all necessary shipping is included.
Want to help an underprivileged student while sending your experiment to the edge of space? You're in luck. For $100, you can buy an ExploraLab for yourself AND one for a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused student group.
Now it's up to you. Fund our ExploraLab project and support space exploration while improving lives. Join us as we explore for good.
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