BARCELONA ZEROG CHALLENGE 2020-21
Organized by UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE CATALUNYA (UPC) – with Aeroclub Barcelona-Sabadell.
We are back again with another parabolic flight opportunity to experiment in microgravity !!!!
The competition challenges young students’ teams of 2-3 people (maximum) between the ages of 18-35 in STEAM disciplines to submit proposals for experiments to be conducted in a zero-G environment. Undergraduate, Master and PhD students from any part of the world are encouraged to apply. The top team with the best proposal, endorsed by an academic professor will actually get their experiment flown in parabolic flight.
Flights with a certified aerobatic plane will be conducted at Sabadell Airport (30 minutes drive from Barcelona, Spain) and media will be present to cover the event. Diverse, international and intercultural teams are most welcome. The projects will be assessed by their: suitabilitiy, scientific merit, safety, mentor endorsement, international and diversity perspective; and your outreach planning.
DO YOU HAVE A ZEROG EXPERIMENT DESIGN READY TO FLY?
** DEADLINE** 30th JUNE 2021
Submission and information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook group: Barcelona ZeroG Challenge
EXPERIMENT REQUIREMENTS :
Maximum size of 80x 50x 50 cm. Maximum weight: 20kg. Batteries should be included in the experiment.
Free-fall time: Up to 20 parabolas of 8.5 ZERO-G seconds each.
Experiments will be checked and re-checked for safety before flight.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SUBMIT FIRST?
1. A 2-3 pages proposal that includes:
2. A brief résumé of each member on the team; diverse, international,
intercultural teams are highly encouraged
3. An endorsing letter from a professor or tutor from an academic institution.
Submit it electronically in a zip file to the contest address
A confirmation reply will be sent.
PRE-SELECTED TEAMS THEN WILL BE THEN ASKED TO FILL
IN A DETAILED EXPERIMENT FORM FOR A FINAL SELECTION.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Will I be reimbursed for the construction of my experiment?
A: Participants are responsible for funding the construction and
design of their experiments.
Q: What is the allowed geometry/size of the experiment?
A: Maximum size of the experiment is 80x50x50 cm. There should be
no moving parts outside. The maximum weight is 20kg. There should be
no hazardous materials, and if liquids are present, the equipment
must be completely watertight.
Q: What are the interfaces to attach it to the zero-g airplane?
A: Experiments must be designed to be ATTACHED TO THE AIRCRAFT
or WEARABLE, as part of the payload specialist’s clothing
and will not be allowed to freely float into the cockpit.
They should be electrically autonomous.
Q: What is the exact duration?
A: The duration of free-fall is up to 20 parabolas of
up to 8,5 seconds each, for every experiment.
Q: What is the g-profile during this duration?
A: The maximum g load is 3.5 g on pull-in and pull-out manoeuvres.
Real zero-g gravity between pull-in and pull-out.
Q: What kind of power and data acquisition units are available on board?
A: The experiment should not need any external components or electric plugs.
Q: Will there be travel and lodging provided?
A: Please note that lodging and travelling will be not sponsored.
Participants are responsible for lodging and travel to Spain,
and are encouraged to find sponsors for their experience.
Q: Are there any restrictions for who may apply?
A: Undergraduate, Master and PhD students from all over the
world of any disciplines are welcome, between 18-35 years of age.
Q: Who will be flying the aircraft?
A: The flight will be operated by Aeroclub Barcelona-Sabadell,
with an expert in zero-g parabolas aerobatic licensed pilot-in-command
and a licensed pilot, payload specialist for the airplane.
Due to current safety restrictions, students will stay on ground for pre-briefings
and later analysis of the experiment.
Selection of the winning experiment will be independently performed
by leading experts in Low-Gravity research.
Winning students will be encouraged to submit their results
to relevant symposiums and journals of the field.
Results of this selection procedure will be final.
Students will be allowed to fly their expriment. The pilot and co-pilot
from Aeroclub Barcelona-Sabadell will handle the equipment on board.
Legal disclaimer and other legal issues
Any person taking part
in the organization of this competition are not legally
responsible for the activities involved with the contest,
nor are they responsible for damages to the experiments
or persons on board or to third parties.
HOW CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION? WHICH ARE THE EXPERIMENTS
THAT WERE FLOWN BEFORE IN THIS CONTEST?
Please find it in the following papers:
and watch videos with media coverage of previous campaigns:
(please note that currently students are no longer allowed
to fly with the experiment in the aerobatic plane
due to updated safety restrictions)
BARCELONA ZEROG CHALLENGE 2014 (video: TV3, in catalan)