Our beeInovative tools are currently being used by a team of University of Oxford postgraduate students to support the design and development of biological experiments in a nanosatellite using our beeKit and beeApp payload and mission development tools.

While previous projects have investigated the effects of leaving the earth's atmosphere and gravity on living matter, to achieve microgravity conditions, these studies were either performed on the ISS or in simulation situations such as parabolic flights or RPMs. These approaches have their limitations: performing experiments on ISS is extremely costly and restrictive in terms of scheduling, parabolic flights only provide microgravity for a short amount of time, and RPMs only provide a small space with microgravity and may introduce other variables into the experiment.

Alternatively, our space mission services can provide relatively easy access to earth's orbit at low cost. Our nanosatellites can be loaded with small experiments to obtain meaningful biological data from space.

The Open Cosmos’ qbkit and qbapp allows the possibility of a biological experiment to be held in space at a much lower cost, with complex technology made simpler for researchers from other industries. This approach facilitates cross-industrial research, enabling a broader and more diverse audience to conduct experiments in space. Currently, the team at Oxford University is making use of beeApp and beeKit to conduct feasibility studies before thinking about going to orbit.

“The Open Cosmos team was really friendly, accommodating, and helpful to work with. They clearly know a lot about their business and industry, and were very patient about explaining it to us. On top of that, they were great at encouraging our ideas and helping us take ownership of the project. The experience was a productive mix of leadership, initiative, and input from both sides. There was a nice balance between following a structure to meet deadlines for deliverables and having the freedom to explore ideas. They certainly made space seem a lot more accessible, both physically and intellectually!”

-Ashley Tsai

MSc(Res) Candidate (Chemical Biology)

Linacre College

ashley.tsai@linacre.ox.ac.uk