Japanese astronauts onboard the ISS will conduct the rotating chopstick experiment, which was submitted by Australian National University Aerospace Engineering student Shingo Nishimoto as part of the Asian Try Zero-G competition.
The experiment, which will be broadcast live and transmitted to a ground station at Tsukuba Space Center in Japan, was selected by a distinguished panel of space professionals.
“I’m looking forward to observing the rotating motion of chopsticks for a long duration under the zero-gravity environment,’ Shingo said.
“That experiment will help us to understand whether the theoretical expectation is correct.
“I believe that the theory can apply to the space robots that manage the angular momentum vector to the robots’ body frame using shape deformation.”
Asian Try Zero-G was created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to promote crewed space experiment activities aboard the Kibo module of the ISS. The competition is delivered in Australia by One Giant Leap Australian Foundation, with sponsorship from the Australian Space Agency.
Deputy head of the Australian Space Agency Dara Williams said Shingo is an example of the exceptional space talent we are cultivating in Australia.
“Developing the next-generation space workforce is a key part of the Australian Space Agency’s mission, and opportunities like this help to keep young Australians here at home where they can have a fulfilling space career,” Ms Williams said.
“Keeping our talent in Australia is not just important for the space sector, but in growing a range of important industries, from advanced manufacturing to critical technologies like AI and robotics.”
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