Educational & Humanitarian projects on ISS Russian Segment

Experiment MATI-75


Space experiment MATI-75 is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of MATI K.E.Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University and 150th anniversary of the founder of the theoretical space science Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky.

Objective:

  • To demonstrate the effect of shape and size recovery and stabilization when exposing to heating and cooling in zero gravity a plastic piece precompressed on the ground.
  • To give students and post-graduate students practical skills in staging a space experiment and conducting ground studies of foamed polymer material structure obtained in the ground and space environments.

Task:

To demonstrate and record on video the process of recovery under heating and stabilization under cooling of the shapes and dimensions of foamed polyurethane pieces.

Science Hardware Used:

  • Poroplast kit.

Flight Equipment Used:

  • HDV Sony HVR-Z1 video camera.

Consumables:

  • DVCAM video cassette.

Experiment Results:

  • Obtained samples: blocks (cubes, cylinders) and promotional materials (MATI-75 logo and K.E.Tsiolkovsky bas-relief);
  • Video records of the plastic foam size and shape recovery process.