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                     Drop your Thesis! 2010

                        Experiment Proposal



Instructions for the Experiment Proposal:
The Experiment Proposal should focus on the scientific and/or technology-related objectives
of the project AND on the technical details for the implementation of the experiment. In other
words, the participants are invited to explain both WHAT they wish to investigate and HOW.

Prior to completing this Experiment Proposal template, please carry out some research to see
whether some work has already been done on the same topic. References to literature are
essential in order for you to demonstrate that you are fully informed about the current status
of research in this field. Remember: the project’s main objective should be to achieve the
relevant results.

The Experiment Proposal must also explain the relevance of microgravity in your project and -
more particularly - the relevance of using the ZARM Drop Tower as a means to achieving
your objectives. It should be noted that the ZARM Drop Tower offers two drop modes: the
standard drop mode with a microgravity experiment time of 4.74 s and a catapult drop mode
of 9.3 s.

It is extremely important that applicants explain - in full detail - how the proposed experiment
is related to their respective syllabi. They should indicate which academic theses/projects
they are involved in and how their proposed experiment would be relevant to these projects

Your text should be intelligible to scientists of various fields and engineers with a general
science background.

Before you submit your proposal, please ensure that:
- you comply with the Eligibility Criteria of the “Drop your Thesis!” programme
- all your team members and your endorsing professor have registered on the ESA Education
Office’s Project Portal. To do this, go to: www.joinspace.org and sign-up as a new user. Once
you receive your login details you can apply to the “project” item entitled: “Drop your Thesis!”
2010. You can save your application and return at a later stage to upload your application
documents.
- you have read the ZARM Drop Tower, User Manual.

Please complete all the fields in this Experiment Proposal document. Then upload to
www.joinspace.org, in a single zip file, both this document AND the Letter of Endorsement
from your endorsing professor.


Please note that non-compliance with these conditions will lead to automatic rejection
of your application

Please use the standard Arial font in size 10pt to complete this template.
Please submit this document in a MS Word 2003 (no “.docx”) format.




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Team’s Name:

Team’s Number:                              (As defined while registering on joinspace.org)


Title of the project:

Contact e-mail address:                     (Please specify only one address)

Contact postal address: (Please specify only one address)




Abstract:
Please summarise the project described here below and outline the scientific
or technology-related objectives.
Max 20 lines of text.




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Team composition:
The endorsing professor and all the team members should register themselves on the ESA Education Office’s project
portal (www.joinspace.org). The team leader must be one of the students.


Endorsing Professor:

Title, Name:
University:
Department:
Country:
email:

Please upload a Letter of Endorsement from your Endorsing Professor (together with this Experiment Proposal
template). This letter should include his/her current activities, research topics, experience in the field of microgravity
as well as how he/she is related to you and his/her involvement in the project.



Team Members:

1.        Name:
          Age:
          Nationality:
          Email:
          Current studies:
               -     University name:
               -     University city, country:
               -     Level of Study (Masters or PhD):
               -     Year within this Level of Study:
               -     Title of Studies and Topic (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences, etc.):

               -     Subject of Thesis :
          Mini-CV
          (ex: Involvement in the field of Space, Extra-Curricular Activities, Past Diplomas, etc.)
          Please fill in below, max 5 lines.




2.        Name:
          Age:
          Nationality:
          Email:
          Current studies:
               -     University name:
               -     University city, country:
               -     Level of Study (Masters or PhD):
               -     Year within this Level of Study:
               -     Title of Studies and Topic (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences, etc.):

               -     Subject of Thesis :
          Mini-CV


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       (ex: Involvement in the field of Space, Extra-Curricular Activities, Past Diplomas, etc.)
       Please fill in below, max 5 lines.




3.     Name:
       Age:
       Nationality:
       Email:
       Current studies:
           -   University name:
           -   University city, country:
           -   Level of Study (Masters or PhD):
           -   Year within this Level of Study:
           -   Title of Studies and Topic (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences, etc.):

           -   Subject of Thesis:
       Mini-CV
       (ex: Involvement in the field of Space, Extra-Curricular Activities, Past Diplomas, etc.)
       Please fill in below, max 5 lines.




4.     Name:
       Age:
       Nationality:
       Email:
       Current studies:
           -   University name:
           -   University city, country:
           -   Level of Study (Masters or PhD):
           -   Year within this Level of Study:
           -   Title of Studies and Topic (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences, etc.):

           -   Subject of Thesis:
       Mini-CV
       (ex: Involvement in the field of Space, Extra-Curricular Activities, Past Diplomas, etc.)
       Please fill in below, max 5 lines.



One team can include 2 to 4 members.




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Scientific background and objective(s) of the project
What are the scientific objective(s) of your experiment?
Max 3 pages including figures, tables and references.
Please use the standard Arial font in size 10pt.

This page can be freely edited.




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From where did you get the idea for this experiment?
e.g. research programme at your university, Master or PhD thesis of team member(s), already
performed similar experiment, scientific publications, books, etc.
Max 10 lines including references.




Has this subject been investigated in microgravity in the past? Does some
literature refer to this past research?
Max 15 lines including references.




Is any research currently on-going with respect to the topic addressed? To
what extent does this project use results obtained in the past? What is the
current state of the research activities in this field?
Max 15 lines including references.




Why do you need to perform your experiment in microgravity?
Max 10 lines of text.




Why would the ZARM Drop Tower be particularly relevant? Have you used or
thought about using other gravity related research systems (parabolic flights,
neutral buoyancy, clinostats, magnetic levitation, centrifuge, sounding
rocket)?
Max 10 lines of text.




What is the timescale of the phenomena you would like to investigate and
how does that comply with drop time constraints (4.7 or 9.3 s)?
Max 10 lines of text.




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Experimental procedure

What would be the minimum number of drops needed to have good
exploitable results?

Which drop mode would you need? (standard or catapult)
Please consult the ZARM Drop Tower User Manual and the “How to choose your drop
mode?” document for constraints.



How are you planning to fulfil the objective(s) of your experiment?
Describe the experimental procedure you foreseen for 5 drops opportunities.
Max 15 lines of text.




What variables are there in the experiment? Which of these will you keep
constant? Which variable(s) will you modify and how?
Max 10 lines of text.




What variable will you measure and how do you propose to take these
measurements?
Max 10 lines of text.




Will you use telemetry? Which parameters do you intend to check before,
during, and after each drop?
Max 10 lines of text.




Noting that it will not be possible to access the experiment during the drop,
automation and/or remote control will be needed. What variables or systems
will need to be automated and how do you plan to achieve this?
Max 10 lines of text.




What is the expected outcome of your experiment?
Do you expect sufficient measurements to draw statistically valid conclusions?
Max 10 lines of text.




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Experimental set-up
Please, refer to the ZARM Drop Tower, User Manual.

Describe the physical set-up of your experiment.
Max 1 page including drawings.

This page can be freely edited.




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Estimate the dimensions and the mass of your experiment.
Max 3 lines of text.



Would you need a 1.6 or 2.4 m height Drop capsule?
Please consult the ZARM Drop Tower User Manual for constraints.


Is there any safety issues involved in your proposed study? If so please
propose a way to handle them.
Max 10 lines of text.




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Organisation of your project
How will you organise / distribute all work associated with this project within
your team? Demonstrate that your planning covers the whole life-time of the
project, from the completion of this document until the actual week of the
campaign.
Max 10 lines of text.



Do you have regular access to a laboratory to do scientific work/preparations
and do you have access to a workshop to build the experiment?
Max 5 lines of text.



Do you have all the material and equipment which is needed for your
experiment? If not, specify what you are missing and estimate the time and
cost required to obtain this material/equipment.
Max 5 lines of text.



Will there be another organisation (university, sponsors, others) supporting
you financially or in-kind? If yes, then how and to what extent?
Max 5 lines of text.




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Academic
Please describe below how the project relates to each team member’s
Master/PhD thesis or University project.
Max 20 lines




What are the benefits of this project for each of the team members, both on a
personal basis and with respect to their university work? Which experimental
results do they expect to include in their theses/projects?
Max 20 lines of text.




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