kiwi supports crowdfunding campaigns 

Today, two awesome crowdfunding campaigns were launched at www.spacestarters.com !

kiwi is proud to support two student teams from the Technical University Munich (TUM) with their dream to perform an experiment in space.

Both teams succeeded at kiwi’s call for ideas  in 2018 with a casting in Friedrichshafen and were rewarded with professional crowdfunding campaigns, financed by Airbus. The jury was composed of experienced space engineers, space project managers, marketing experts and the CEO of SpaceStarters, Uli Fricke. Among many genius ideas, SpaceOrigami and 3D-DOS were best regarding the core criterias: benefit for mankind, commercial use and team know-how.

Space Origami wants to grow 3D DNA Origami crystals. Why do they need to go into space for this? So far it has not been possible to produce uniform crystals from the new and innovative nanomaterial DNA Origami on Earth. One possible reason could be earth gravity. It is known, however, that microgravity has a positive effect on crystal growth. The International Space Station (ISS) would offer the team the unique opportunity to study the behaviour of the material in microgravity and to exploit its positive effects on growing a 3D DNA Origami crystal. These crystals will make it possible to break new ground in robotics, computer science, materials science, medicine and drug development.

3D-DOS is an experiment that shall characterize the radiation environment aboard the ISS. The international community celebrated the station’s 20th birthday last year, so you would expect this is not the first experiment pursuing that objective. And indeed, radiation sensors have been an integral part of spacecraft instrumentation for decades. But we will need better technologies than currently available for future endeavors into deep space. To learn about the health risks of exposure to the space radiation environment, astronauts are examined regularly during and after their stay in space. In addition, the local radiation environment inside the spacecraft must be monitored constantly to be able to examine whether observed biological effects can be attributed to radiation exposure or to other environmental conditions, such as the lack of gravity. To achieve this, a multitude of different sensors is being operated aboard the ISS. So far, no single instrument can provide a full picture of the radiation environment. Even the combined data of all instruments does not yet deliver the required level of accuracy. Another issue is that most current instruments are rather large and bulky—which is especially problematic aboard spacecraft, where space is at a premium and every kilogram brought into orbit costs five-figure sums of (taxpayer) money.

Support the project Space Origami here.

Support the project 3D-DOS here.