Jump to content

Zero Gravity Graphene

Zero Gravity Graphene experiments show graphene’s promise for space applications.

Discover graphene's potential for space applications

Researchers and students in the Graphene Flagship have conducted two exciting experiments in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) to test the viability of graphene for space applications. Both experiments were launched between 6-17th November 2017, testing graphene in zero-gravity conditions to determine its potential in space applications including light propulsion and thermal management.

The Graphene Flagship is a pan-European research initiative dedicated to developing new technologies based on graphene, the single-atom-thick allotrope of carbon with excellent electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical properties. A fundamental aspect of the Graphene Flagship is training students and young researchers. These ambitious space-related experiments are an excellent opportunity for Graphene Flagship students and researchers to gain new experiences in cutting-edge research. 

Airbus A310

Satellite Heat Pipes

Graphene Flagship researchers have experienced weightlessness onboard a zero-gravity parabolic flight while performing an experiment to test graphene-based thermal management devices for use in satellites.
Read more about the experiment
Student conducting graphene solar sails experiment.

Solar Sails

A team of students working at Delft Technical University (TU Delft), the Netherlands have conducted an experiment to test graphene in space-like microgravity, for potential future use as a light sail in space-craft propulsion.
Read more about the experiment