Our Service

You focus on your research,
we take care of everything else

3 Reasons to fly with us

We make access to microgravity simpler, quicker and more affordable

LOW COST

Missions start from

€10k

off-the-shelf hardware,
standardized prices

QUICK ACCESS

Our record to ISS

4 months

single point of contact,
preferred partnerships

ALL OPTIONS

Choose from

7 platforms

ISS, (sub)orbital, parabolic
drop tower, clinostat

How it works

1

Define Experiment

With our online configuration tool you can define parameters such as microgravity duration, temperature, live data or fluid exchange.

2

Select Hardware

Choose from a variety of flight-proven experiment hardware for cells, crystals, plants, fruit flies or fish. Customized hardware is also possible.

3

Train On Ground

You receive extensive training on the hardware and can perform enough dry runs in your lab before your experiment goes into space.

4

Execute Mission

We organize all launch logistics, such as export control, safety, and launch bookings for you. For ISS missions, we will watch the launch together in Florida.

5

Analyze Samples

After your experiment returns from space, we will ship it back to you for your analysis. You can also receive certain live data while in space.

The right hardware for your
experiment

As astronaut time on the ISS is precious, we make sure that your experiment runs completely autonomously. Therefore, we have a portfolio of hardware boxes for a variety of science experiments. We can also develop new hardware if you require.

Reliable hardware portfolio

Our flight-proven hardware portfolio consist of standard experiment containers (Outer Shell) and specific experiment inserts (Inner Shell). Hardware is offered on a leasing basis and can be used for flight and ground testing.

The experiment sets interface mechanically and electrically with compatible facilities using a simple clip-in-place design.

Outer Shells

Outer Shells provide the level of containment for the Inner Shells and the interfaces to the facilities.

Available Outer Shells

  • Standard and Extended size
  • With Gore-Tex membrane for gas exchange
  • With windows for illumination and observation
  • Piggy bag for CO2 supply

Our formfactor suits lots of different facilities:

Biopack, Simplex, Kubik, ScienceTaxi (former Biobox, SIMBOX), NanoRacks Frame-3, STaARS-1 EF

Inner Shells

Inner Shells are designed for your specific use-case, such as cell cultures, plants or aquatic systems.

Type-IV

Features one culture chamber (13.5 ml) and two tanks (11.5 ml each) that can be filled with refreshing media or fixative for cell cultivation. After activation of the peristaltic pump, the waste media is exchanged with fresh media or fixative.

Type-V

Features two culture chambers (11 ml each) and one tank (20.3 ml) that can be filled with refreshing media or fixative for plants or cell cultivation. After activation of the peristaltic pump, the waste media is exchanged with fresh media or fixative.

Greenhouse

Features a Growth Chamber to grow plants as well as an illumination system. Gas-permeable membranes ensure a gas exchange with low loss of humidity. ​

2x2-chamber

Passive unit developed to investigate anything under microgravity conditions featuring 4 chambers (2x 5.8 ml and 2x 11.2 ml). Options are transparent gas-permeable membrane or pressure sensors.

4-chamber

Developed to investigate anything under microgravity conditions featuring 4 chambers (6.5 ml each) equipped with pressure sensors. Options are transparent gas-permeable membrane or pressure sensors.

8-chamber

Passive unit developed to investigate anything under microgravity conditions featuring 8 chambers (6.5 ml each) and a transparent gas-permeable membrane.

Mini Aquarium

Designed for the investigation of the behavior and development of smaller organisms like fish in space. The illumination and transparent gas-permeable membrane allow for continuous gas exchange and observation.

ScienceTaxi

One-size-fits-all facility

The ScienceTaxi facility is a middeck-locker size incubator that fits any platform. It’s the perfect solution for all platforms beyond the ISS, such as orbital or suborbital spacecraft or parabolic flights. And it’s compatible to most of our Outer and Inner Shells.

  • Fits on orbital, suborbital and parabolic platforms
  • Independent of ISS
  • No crew time needed, execution of
    experiment just hours after launch
  • Up to 44 experiment units
  • Variable g centrifuge (e.g. Earth, Moon, Mars)
  • Real-time HK data monitoring and commanding
  • Temperature range +4°C to +40°C

Clinostat

Microgravity simulator for your lab

The yuri Clinostat is your entry ticket to the microgravity world.
The most affordable way to study the influence of gravity on biological systems.
An easy-to-use device for 24/7 microgravity research in your own lab.

  • Base module with up to 2 expansion modules (max. 45 samples)
  • Microgravity, Moon gravity and Mars gravity possible
  • Wide range of compatible sample sizes (1-15ml)
  • Designed to use inside incubators and lab conditions, easy to clean
  • Control unit outside incubator for permanent surveillance & control
  • Automated calculation of optimal rotational velocity

The development of the Clinostat was supported by the Initiative for Industrial Innovator’s of UnternehmerTUM and by the ESA BIC program.

The right platform for your
experiment

Most people think of the ISS when it comes to microgravity research. However, there is a whole variety of microgravity platforms available. And we can bring you to any of them.

PlatformISSOrbital
Spacecraft
Suborbital
Spacecraft
Parabolic
Flight
Drop
Tower
Microgravity
Simulator
Microgravity durationUnlimitedUnlimited5-10 minutes20 seconds9 secondsUnlimited
Microgravity quality 10 -4 10 -4 10 -2 10 -2 10 -2 10 -2

You can find more details about each microgravity platform in our microgravity section.

Missions the team has flown

Discover the amazing possibilities of microgravity
by browsing through our past missions

CellBox-1

Immune cells fight illnesses by attacking invaders in the body. But microgravity, which suppresses the human immune system, can affect how well they work. This study looked at changes to these cells to better understand how spaceflight affects the immune system.

CellBox-2

Finding new treatments against cancer requires studies of tumor cells, but gravity affects cell growth. This mission studied thyroid cancer cells in microgravity, as cells grow in spheres there. It is used for biomarkers, that help develop new drugs against cancer.

BioSience-4

This mission examined how oligodendrocyte progenitor cells react to microgravity, esp. the rate of proliferation and differentiation. OPCs are precursors of central nervous system cells and results may help neural stem cell studies (e.g. tissue regrowth and organ farming)

Gene Control Prime

GCP examines microgravity related changes to gene expression in mammalian immune cells. The sensitivity of such cells to gravitational changes makes them ideal for understanding the role of gravity in cell function and to find rules, e.g. regulation of gene expression.

V3PO

Plants normally grow from seeds, but can also be cultivated with cuttings taken from branches. This study showed how well plant cuttings can be grown into new plants in microgravity and to grow plants in a more uniform manner than those grown from seeds.

MMARS-1

This mission showed how a methane producing bacteria adapt to the stresses of microgravity and the use of pressure measurements to estimate metabolic activity of those. It investigated the decoupling of metabolic activity from biomass production.

Hydra-2

Studied the effects of microgravity on ancient bacteria that produce methane in the absence of oxygen. It measured the colony size before and after flight, to determine their growth rate. The goal was to evaluate bacteria for methane production on asteroids for rocket fuel.

Fruit Fly Lab

Fruit flies have similar genetic patterns to humans and are important models for research in genetics, developmental biology and neurobiology. This mission looked at neurobehavioral changes that occur in fruit flies during spaceflight.

Protein Shell – I

Evaluates the stability of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies to better understand the mechanics of protein aggregate formation and oxidative processes. The data could help create safer and more efficacious formulations for protein drugs with longer shelf lives.

Other fascinating missions

For more fascinating experiments in microgravity, browse through the database of the ISS National Lab:

What our customers are saying

“Having worked with the team on our brain cell mission, I strongly recommend them for training and flight integration. They’re a great company open for innovation according to customer needs.”

Prof. Araceli
Espinosa-Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Research Neurobiologist at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and visiting professor at University of Guadalajara, Mexico

“I’m very excited to fly Australia’s first biology mission to the ISS with yuri. So far it has been great working with the team, they really take care of everything, which helps me focus on my cancer research.”

Dr. Joshua Chou

Senior Lecturer at the School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), formerly Harvard Medical School

Ideation Workshops

Discover your microgravity potential

You know you could benefit from microgravity, but don’t have a concrete idea yet? Let’s run a workshop with your team to discover your most valuable ideas! By applying modern design thinking methods, we guide you through an efficient ideation process that is both outcome-driven and fun!

  • 1 full day or 2 afternoons
  • At your site or at yuri office
  • Certified Design Thinking Coach
  • All material (sticky notes, etc.) provided by yuri
  • Outcome: prototypes of your microgravity experiments and a rough mission manifest

Other Services

Besides being your end-to-end partner for all microgravity missions, we can support you in various other space related engineering requirements:

  • Mechanical Design (CAD)
  • Structural Analysis (FEM)
  • Technical and Safety Documentation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Fracture Control
  • Project Management